SEOUL, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong decided not to appeal a court ruling that has imprisoned him for the second time in four years.
On Jan. 18, the Seoul High Court sentenced Lee to 30 months in prison for bribing former South Korean President Park Geun-hye in order to win government support in strengthening his control over Samsung.
"Humbly accepting the recent verdict, Vice Chairman Lee opted not to file an appeal for his case," his lawyer, Lee In-jae, said in a statement.
The prosecution also announced on Monday that it will not bring the case back to the Supreme Court.
In 2017, Lee served time for bribing Park, who was impeached and jailed. Lee was released in 2018 when an appeals court ruled in favor of a suspended term.
However, the Supreme Court overturned the ruling in 2019, urging the Seoul High Court to review the case. Lee and Samsung put forth great effort to avoid another stint in prison.
Samsung set up a compliance committee to prevent the recurrence of any managerial misconduct, which was also in line with the court's recommendation.
Lee promised to drop Samsung's anti-trade union policy while vowing to give up the conventional father-to-son power transfer of the Seoul-based group.
Lee's father, former Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee -- who died in October -- inherited power over the company from his own father, Samsung founder Lee Byung-chul.
Because Lee Jae-yong has previously served about a year in prison, he will be freed about halfway through 2022, barring any pardon or sentence commutation.