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(2nd LD) Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee sued by elder brother for inheritance
SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- The eldest son of Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-chull has filed an inheritance suit against his younger brother and Samsung Electronics Co. chairman Lee Kun-hee, seeking the return of a massive amount of stocks he claimed the chairman secretly incorporated into his assets, a Seoul court said Tuesday.

   In the complaint filed with the Seoul Central District Court, Lee Maeng-hee asked the court to order Lee Kun-hee to return 8.24 million shares in Samsung Life Insurance Co. and 20 stocks in Samsung Electronics Co., along with 100 million won (US$89,000), according to the court's records.

   The 8.24-million Samsung Life stocks in dispute is expected to fetch at about 716.9 billion won according to Tuesday's closing price of 87,000 won.

   Through various channels, including direct holding, chairman Lee controls nearly a 51 percent stake in the life insurer, according to regulatory filing.
The elder Lee, 81, said his younger brother concealed a mass of group stocks, which their father held under the names of several Samsung Group executives. Upon their father's death in 1987, the chairman, the successor to the bulk of the conglomerate, covered up the secretly-held stocks and transferred them into his own pocket, the elder brother said, claiming his inheritance rights to part of them.
"The concerned stocks of Samsung Life and the life insurance firm itself were assets put in a trust under the name of non-heirs, and they should have been apportioned to the heirs according to law," the elder Lee said in the court records. "Upon our father's death, Chairman Lee did not inform peer heirs and heiresses of the trust and unilaterally put them under his own name."

   The elder Lee is the father of Lee Jay-hyun, the chairman of food-maker CJ Group.

   Samsung Group declined to comment on the suit, saying, "The group has no specific stance on the case."

Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee (C) with his youngest sister Myung-hee (R), the chairwoman of department store chain Shinsegae.