A Korean court has released Samsung Electrics Vice-Chairman Lee Jae-yong after spending a year in jail for corruption involving billions of dollars.
Meanwhile, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) President Han Sang-gyun remains in prison and charges are still being brought against General Secretary of KCTU, Lee Young-joo for involvement in a peaceful protest in 2015.
The release of a convicted corporate criminal after such a lenient sentence, while lawful unionists remain in prison and under threat of prosecution, shows that there is one set of rules for the rich, and another for the working people of Korea
Quotes attributable to ACTU Assistant Secretary Scott Connolly:
“The ACTU calls for the Korean Government to drop charges againstHan Sang-gyun andLee Young-joo, and end the persecution of unionists who are exercising their freedom of assembly and association.
“The recently installed President of Korea Moon Jae-in promised to support working people and end corruption, but is instead freeing …