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Samsung Vice Chairman In Court, Swears Off Drugs

On trial in Seoul for illegal drug use, the Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics Lee Jae-Yong has vowed to not use drugs for any reason.

The South Korean business magnate made the pledge during his trial for illegally using propofol, a short-acting medication that results in a decreased level of consciousness and a lack of memory for events.

Used in the starting and maintenance of general anaesthesia, propofol was involved in the death of Michael Jackson.

Lee was accused of receiving 41 injections of propofol between 2015 and 2020. His legal representatives admitted to all charges.

Prosecutors requested a fine of 70 million won (around $80,000 AUD).

“I apologise for my personal wrongdoing,” Lee says. “It was my fault, and although it was for treatment, I deeply regret it.

“I will take this opportunity to look back on myself and make sure this does not happen again.”

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