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Samsung chairman and 27 others facing charges of suppressing labor union

Lee Sang-hoon, chairman of Samsung Electronics’ board of directors, has been accused of sabotaging a labor union in what prosecutors claim is a breach of South Korea’s labor policies. Lee, who began serving as the company's chairman in March, will face the charges along with 27 other executives from Samsung and its partner companies.

South Korean prosecutors said that Samsung has been keeping a policy of not tolerating labor unions. Lee is charged with trying to sabotage a labor union in 2013 when he served as Samsung's chief financial officer.

The indictment compounds the legal battles confronting Samsung's top executives. It comes a few months after Samsung’s Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee was released from prison over a suspended sentence for corruption charges associated with South Korea’s impeached president, Park Geun-hye. Park is presently serving a 24-year sentence for her involvement in a corruption scandal. The vice chairman was arrested earlier last year on accusations of bribery, corruption, and embezzlement.

Sang-hoon was designated chairman in March, following a shakeup at Samsung. It remains to be seen what will happen next to the company’s leadership following the new charges hurled at Samsung's chairman.

Source: Bloomberg

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