The Seoul Supreme Court in South Korea sentenced Lee to 2 1/2 years in prison on Monday after being found guilty of embezzlement and bribery. After the verdict, he was taken into custody.
Lee was found guilty of bribery and other corruption charges in 2017 and was sentenced to five years in prison. But he went free in less than a year when an appeals court dropped some of the charges and overturned his sentence.
This latest sentence is the result of a retrial ordered by the country’s Supreme Court.
Samsung declined to comment on the conviction, relying instead on a testimony from Lee’s lawyers.
“This case is essentially a violation of the company’s rights to freedom and property by the former president abusing her power,” said Injae Lee, the attorney who leads the vice chairman’s defense team. “I find the decision of the court regrettable.”
Lee can appeal if he so wishes, although it was not immediately clear whether he intended to do so.
Lee’s legal troubles aren’t over either. He is facing a separate process over a controversial merger in 2015 that helped him tighten control over the company. Eleven Samsung executives, including Lee, were charged with illegal transactions, stock manipulation and perjury last year.
This case is still pending.