25 August 2017 Lee Jae-yong, the heir to the Samsung electronics empire has been sentenced to five years in prison for corruption by a South Korean court. The case is part of a scandal that resulted in the impeachment of the former president of South Korea and involves South Korea’s biggest companies, called chaebols. Mr Lee, has denied all the charges and plans to appeal against the decision. He was accused of giving donations worth 41bn won ($36m; £29m) to non-profit foundations operated by a friend of South Korea's former President Park Geun-hye, in return for political favours. According to prosecutors Mr Lee wanted to win government support for the restructuring of Samsung. This would have strengthened Mr Lee's control over Samsung Electronics. He is accused of giving donations to Choi Soon sil to buy political favours. He has also been accused of bribery, corruption and hiding assets overseas. "We are confident the ruling will be overturned," lawyer Song Wu-cheol told reporters after the ruling, according to Reuters. Mr Lee has been acting chairman since 2014 when his father became ill. This court ruling has raised doubts over Mr lee’s position at Samsung and the company’s shares have lost 1% of their value. Choi Soon-sil has already been jailed for three years for corruption and President Park Geun-hye has been removed from office.
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corruption – doing business dishonestly heir – person who will own a company (or other property) when someone dies to sentence (a person) – to decide how to punish someone a scandal – something that shocks people to impeach – to remove a political leader because of illegal activity to deny – to say it isn’t true to accuse (someone of) – to say that someone has done something wrong bribery – paying people illegally to get what you want to overturn – to change a ruling (decision of a court) to raise doubts – to create questions
Who is Lee Jae-yong? What has he done, according to the court? Why did he do it?
What is the function of ‘would have’ in this sentence? - This would have strengthened Mr Lee's control over Samsung Electronics. He is accused of giving donations to Choi Soon sil to buy political favours.
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‘Would have’ in this sentence tells us that this was a possible result that wasn’t achieved. This is the same construction as the second part of a third conditional sentence. More conditional grammar notes