2007年9月7日 星期五

如果他被判处徒刑会导致我国经济面临危机

韩国上诉法庭判处郑梦九缓刑
朝鲜日报记者 金振 (2007.09.07 07:28)

现代起亚汽车集团总裁郑梦九6日被判处有期徒刑3年缓刑5年后离开法院。照片=韩联社上诉法庭对一审审判中被判处有期徒刑的现代起亚汽车集团总裁郑梦九判处缓刑,同时还对他发出社会服务令,让他捐出8400亿韩元,并以遵法经营为主题发表演讲和投稿等。首尔高等法院刑事10部6日就郑总裁的上诉宣判,判处他有期徒刑3年缓刑5年。同时,法庭还要求郑梦九到2013年为止每年捐出1200亿韩元共8400亿韩元,为社会低收入层建立文化设施,进行环保事业。而且还发布社会服务令,让他以遵法经营为主题向全国经济人联合会会员发表演讲,并在日刊报纸上撰写文章。法庭解释判处缓刑的理由说:“就郑梦九贪污公款等嫌疑可确定有罪,但是如果他被判处徒刑会导致我国经济面临危机,法庭认为,不能做这种赌博。”法庭还对以渎职嫌疑等被起诉的现代汽车副总裁金东晋判处有期徒刑2年零6个月缓期5年执行,同时发出了要求进行演讲和投稿的社会服务令。但是金东晋向出售土地的农协会长郑大根行贿的嫌疑则被判无罪。
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Korean court suspends prison term for Hyundai chairman
The Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea: An appeals court suspended a three-year prison sentence for Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong-koo on Thursday, saying the tycoon is too important to South Korea's economy to go to jail for embezzlement.
A three-judge panel at the Seoul High Court suspended the sentence for five years, meaning that the 69-year-old head of the world's sixth-largest automaker will not have to serve the prison time as long as he keeps a clean record for five years.
A lower court had sentenced Chung in February to three years for embezzling the equivalent of more than US$100 million (€73 million) in company money to set up a slush fund. Prosecutors say much of the fund was used to pay lobbyists to gain government favors and for personal use.
Presiding Judge Lee Jae-hong told the packed courtroom that Hyundai has great influence over the nation's economy and Chung, its hands-on leader, is the symbol of the company.
"I am also a citizen of the Republic of Korea," Lee said. "I was unwilling to engage in a gamble that would put the nation's economy at risk."

Chung, free on bail after spending two months in jail for questioning after his arrest in April last year, has been actively running Hyundai, which has ambitions to become the work's fifth-largest automaker by 2010.
Lee struggled with the decision, originally set for July 10, and postponed it twice, saying the court needed more time. He said he sought the views of various people, including other judges, prosecutors, lawyers, journalists and "even taxi drivers and restaurant employees."
In his appeal, Chung asked the court to be allowed to avoid prison to devote his energies to South Korea's biggest automaker to contribute to the country's economy.
Prosecutors sought a six-year prison term, the same as their original demand, saying the original decision was not harsh enough for the crime.
The court also ordered Chung to fulfill a promise he made last year to donate 1 trillion won (US$1.1 billion; €780 million) of his personal assets to society and told him to do community service.
It was not immediately clear whether prosecutors planned to appeal to the Supreme Court. A lawyer for Chung said earlier Thursday that the top court only hears cases involving guilt or innocence, suggesting that an appeal regarding the sentencing would be unlikely.
Kim Kyung-soo, a spokesman for the Supreme Public Prosecutors' Office, said Chung remains guilty.
"It's not that he was found innocent," Kim said. "Therefore, it is not appropriate for us to comment on the weight of the sentence."
Chung has pushed Hyundai Motor to expand aggressively overseas, building factories in China, India, Turkey and the United States, with another one currently under construction in the Czech Republic.
Hyundai Motor affiliate Kia Motors Corp. has done the same, manufacturing cars in China and Slovakia and building another plant in the U.S. state of Georgia, near Hyundai Motor's factory in Alabama.
Last year, Hyundai and Kia accounted for about 72 percent of South Korea's automobile exports. Autos account for 13 percent of the country's total exports.
Hyundai welcomed the decision.
"We can now devote our full energies to addressing the numerous challenges that face us and building a global brand," it said in a statement.
Analysts say Hyundai faces problems including softer sales in the United States and China and further mending troubled relations with its strike-prone labor union.
A new wage deal Hyundai struck with its unionized workers this week was a positive development but "more work needs to be done to be able to wipe rocky labor-management relations off Hyundai's list of risk factors," said Chung Sung-yob, an analyst at Daiwa Securities Korea.
The deal, which was approved by the union rank-and-file in a vote held Thursday, marked the first time in a decade that Hyundai averted a strike over annual salary negotiations.
Some in South Korea found the court's decision troubling.
Park Wan-gi, an activist with the Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice, denounced the ruling, saying it reinforced the perception that the rich can avoid jail.
In a similar case, the Seoul High Court in 2005 suspended a three-year prison term for accounting irregularities handed to Chey Tae-won, CEO and chairman of South Korea's leading oil refiner, SK Corp., now SK Energy.

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