Samsung heir in hot water again as bribery evidence piles up

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14 February, 2017

South Korean prosecutors investigating the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye plan to summon Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong again as they looks further into bribery allegations between Park and the country's largest business group.

The prosecution has also identified four other Samsung executives as suspects and have summoned three of them.

Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Electronics vice chairman and the son of the Samsung group chairman Lee Kun-hee, has been quizzed multiple times over his role in the scandal that has rocked the nation.

"I will faithfully tell the truth during the special prosecutors' (interrogation)", Lee told reporters upon arrival for questioning, according to local news agency Yonhap.

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Samsung is suspected of providing tens of millions of dollars in money and favors to Park and her jailed friend Choi Soon-sil in exchange for government support of a controversial merger deal between two Samsung affiliates in 2015.

Previously, investigators sought an arrest warrant for Lee, but a court denied the request based on insufficient evidence.

Samsung was the single biggest donor to the foundations and is accused of separately giving millions of euros to Choi and her daughter in a bid to secure policy favours from Park in return. Along with Lee, Samsung Electronics president, Park Sang-jin, and Samsung's deputy director of corporate strategy, Chang Choong-ki, have been spotted arriving for additional questioning. Park formally remains president but has been stripped of power until the Constitutional Court decides whether to back the decision.


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