He served 207 days in prison – simply over a large portion of the sentence he got in the wake of being indicted for pay off and theft in January.
The case included the country’s previous President Park Guen-hye, who is additionally in prison for pay off and defilement.
Samsung Electronics was established by Lee’s granddad and he has been the accepted head since 2014 .
Lee offered a short expression to columnists outside the jail.
“I’ve caused a lot of worry for individuals. I profoundly apologize,” Lee said. “I’m paying attention to the worries, reactions, stresses and elevated requirements for me. I will buckle down.”
The 53-year old was shipped off jail for over two years by a high court in January.
He was blamed for paying 43bn won ($37.7m; £26.7m) to two non-benefit establishments worked by Choi Soon-sil, a companion of Park’s, in return for political help – claimed to incorporate support for a disputable Samsung consolidation which prepared for Lee to become possible top of the combination.
The arrangement required help from the public authority run public benefits reserve.
At the hour of his decision, the court said that Lee “effectively gave pay-offs and certainly requested that the president utilize her ability to help his smooth progression” at the head of Samsung.
The court saw Lee as blameworthy of pay off, misappropriation and camouflage of criminal returns worth about 8.6 billion won ($7.8m; £5.75m).
The Justice Ministry said it settled on the choice to deliver Lee in the wake of thinking about the impacts of the pandemic on South Korea’s economy and worldwide business sectors.
In a proclamation, President Moon Jae-in’s office said his delivery was made in the public interest and requested agreement.
“We are very much aware that there are supporting and restricting perspectives on Vice-Chairman Jay Y Lee’s parole. The perspectives on individuals who are gone against are additionally correct,” it said.
“Then again, there have been many individuals who required his parole in this extreme emergency, trusting that he will assist the country concerning semiconductors and antibodies.”
Notwithstanding, Lee’s parole conditions incorporate five years of business limitations – it is indistinct on the off chance that he will actually want to run the organization except if he gets an exclusion.
He will likewise require endorsement for any excursions abroad.
Lee is additionally being scrutinized for extortion and stock control and whenever saw as liable could be imprisoned once more.
This seems, by all accounts, to be a monetary choice by South Korea’s Justice Ministry. Free the Samsung beneficiary and help the country’s Covid recuperation. In any case, it comes at a political expense.
President Moon Jae-in came to control with a solid guarantee to break the connection between enormous business and government.
Millions fought for quite a long time to arraign his archetype Park Geun-hye and more than 1,000 community bunches identified with these fights composed a letter requesting the alleged “Crown Prince of Samsung” not to be exculpated.
Yet, strain to free Jay Y Lee came from the US Chamber of Commerce close by Samsung. American organizations contended that his delivery was fundamental to assist with combatting a deficit of micro processors. Samsung is right now pondering multi-billion dollar interests in semiconductor offices in the US.
It’s additionally significant that previous this year the law was changed to permit detainees to be considered for parole subsequent to carrying out 60% of their punishment. That permitted Mr Lee to be delivered today. He has not been allowed an exculpation.
However, as we head going full bore into official political race season here in South Korea, the computation being made by the ebb and flow organization is that electors will remunerate the decision party for its financial choices more than if it adhered to its past guarantees.