The Samsung vice chairman convicted of corruption will begin an appeal against his five-year prison sentence.
Jay Y. Lee, who is 49 and heir to the family that owns the giant Samsung conglomerate, wasof bribing South Korea's former president, Park Geun-hye, to help him increase his power over the company.
Lee has replaced his attorney for the appeal, which begins with a hearing today that organises witnesses and evidence. The appeal trial is set to begin in mid-October.
The scandal has seen a number of Samsung and South Korean government figures face corruption charges.