Korea’s ex-health minister sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for swaying Samsung merger

A local court has sentenced Korea’s former health minister to two-and-a-half years behind bars for using his sway to push through the highly controversial merger of two Samsung affiliates, which played a big part in the corruption scandal that ousted Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye. Moon Hyung-pyo, then health and welfare minister, was found guilty of exerting his power to pressure the National Pension Service to support the merger between Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries in 2015. The Seoul Central District Court ruled that Moon “severely violated the independence of the National Pension Service”. The merger was allegedly a key step for heir apparent Lee Jae-yong, who’s also jailed on bribery charges, to cement his power in Samsung group. The court also sentenced former NPS chief investment officer Hong Wan-sun for dereliction of duty and for causing excessive losses to the pension fund.




삼성 계열사 합병 논란에 영향력을 행사한 혐의로 전직 보건부 장관에게 2년 6개월의 실형이 선고됐습니다. 계열사 합병은 박근혜 전 대통령을 탄핵으로 이끈 국정농단 스캔들에 결정적인 역할을 했습니다. 2015년 삼성물산과 제일모직의 합병에 찬성하도록 압력을 넣은 혐의로 문형표 전 보건부복지장관이 유죄판결을 받았습니다. 서울중앙지방법원은 문 전 장관에 대해 “국민연금공단의 독립성을 심각하게 훼손했다”고 판결했습니다. 이번 합병은 뇌물공여혐의로 구금된 이재용 삼성 부회장이 그룹 내에서 지배력을 확고히 다질 핵심 단계인 것으로 알려졌습니다. 또한 재판부는 홍완선 국민연금 전 기금운용본부장에게도 국민연금에 손실을 끼친 배임혐의로 실형을 선고했습니다.


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