Prosecutors seek 9-year prison term for Samsung chief Lee

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have requested a nine-year prison term for Samsung’s de facto chief, Lee Jae-yong, during a retrial of his bribery charges. The development Wednesday comes as Lee faces immense pressure to steer Samsung’s transition after his father and Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-Hee died in October. As prosecutors urged the Seoul High Court to sentence Lee to prison, he apologized and vowed not to be implicated in similar allegations in an apparent plea for leniency. The charges against him are a key part of an explosive 2016 scandal that triggered months of public protests and toppled the country’s president.