Samsung chief detained in a 71-square foot cell with no shower, mattress only on the floor

  • The chief of Samsung Group has been arrested over bribery allegations
  • He is currently detained in a small room with no shower, and having only a mattress on the floor
  • He is also not allowed contact with other inmates over concerns of potentially destroying evidence

Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee, who used to live in a $4-M mansion, is now detained inside a 71-square foot cell with no shower and having only a mattress on the floor to sleep on following his arrest over bribery allegations last week.

Lee, 48, and scion of the country’s wealthiest family, was arrested last Friday, February 17. He is being implicated over his alleged role in the bribery scandal that led to the impeachment of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

The Seoul Central District Court issued the warrant of arrest against Samsung’s third-generation leader over allegations of bribery, perjury, embezzlement and hiding assets overseas.

The prosecutor’s office has accused him of bribing one of Park’s close associate in an effort to gain favors from the government related to his succession to Samsung Group’s hierarchy.

His detention cell is but a small room with a toilet at the corner but without a shower, only a wash stand. He will be forced to sleep on a mattress on the floor because no bed was provided.

Lee’s estimated worth is around $6.2-B. Now he lives in small room and can only speak to his lawyers through a glass partition.

His daily meal worth $1.26 consists only of rice and side-dishes. Although he is allowed to watch TV between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, it’s only a single channel with recorded programs from the justice ministry broadcast.

He is also allowed to exercise for 30 minutes everyday.

Prison officials, meanwhile, said they don’t want Lee discussing the case with others who were also involved; thus, he is being incarcerated in a single cell.

He is also not allowed contact with other inmates over concerns of potentially destroying evidence.

In the meantime, in a statement to Reuters, Samsung has denied any wrongdoings. Lee also earlier pleaded innocence to the charges.

“We will do our best to ensure that the truth is revealed in future court proceedings,” said Samsung’s statement.