SEOUL, South Korea — For Jay Y. Lee, the third-generation leader of South Korea’s massive Samsung Group and scion of the country’s wealthiest family, home is now a 71-square-foot detention cell with a toilet in the corner behind a partition.
He has no shower, only a washstand. His bed is a mattress on the floor.
The 48-year-old Lee was arrested early Friday in connection with a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, a decision that is being reviewed by the country’s Constitutional Court.
He has denied any wrongdoing.
Lee is being held in a single cell and will not be allowed contact with other inmates, said an official at the Seoul Detention Centre, a facility on the outskirts of the city where arrested politicians and corporate chieftains are usually held, along with other detainees.
“This is a highly public case, and as you know many involved in the case were already here,” the official told Reuters.
Prison officials don’t want Lee discussing the case with others involved in the case, the official said, explaining why the Samsung scion was being held in a single cell. Also, there may be safety issues.
“There are concerns about destroying evidence,” the official said, adding that Lee was not being given special treatment.
Lee’s lawyers declined to comment…. see more