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Samsung heir apologises for son's schooling row

Published on May 30, 2013 5:32 PM
Mr Jay Y. Lee, a senior vice president with Samsung Electronics, was at the 26th annual Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, United States in 2008. -- FILE PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SEOUL (AFP) - Jay Y. Lee, the No. 2 at Samsung Electronics and only son of chairman Lee Kun Hee, has publicly apologised for a controversy over his own son's entry to an elite school.

Prosecutors raided the Younghoon International Middle School on Tuesday on suspicion that it had skewed admission scores to favour certain applicants including, one Seoul city council official alleged, Lee's 13-year-old son.

Although he accepted no suggestion of wrongdoing, Mr Lee said he regretted not paying closer attention to the issue before it developed.

"I am sorry for having caused a stir over my son's schooling... it was my fault for not being able to check up on this properly," he said in a brief statement.

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