Independent counsel questions Samsung chief again over bribery allegations

Kristi Paul
February 15, 2017

In January, the special prosecution sought a warrant to arrest Lee after questioning him for more than 22 hours, accusing him of paying bribes to win the state pension fund's support for the controversial merger of Samsung C&T Corp and Cheil Industries Inc.

Conservative groups held a protest in downtown Seoul on Saturday, calling for the Constitutional Court to reject President Park Geun-hye's impeachment and dissolve the special prosecutor team investigating the presidential scandal.

After meeting with the Special Counsel again in round two yesterday, the Special Counsel has chose to once again request the Court issue an arrest warrant against Samsung's Heir.

The prosecutors say they are also seeking an arrest warrant for Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) President Park Sang-jin.

Park, Lee, Choi, and the Samsung Group have all denied bribery accusations.

Lee - who effectively took over the group after his father suffered a heart attack in 2014 - is described as a key figure in the scandal.

During the investigation Samsung denied providing Choi and her associates with financial aid in return for favours, while Lee himself denied all charges, none of which have been proven in court. "I will again faithfully tell the truth during the special prosecutors' interrogation today". The Samsung executives are accused of colluding with the President in the scheme, pledging money to companies and organisations she backed, in order to ease the merger of Samsung affiliates (as per Reuters). The prosecution would also bring an additional charge of perjury against Lee in the latest arrest warrant request. The prosecution said that it would reveal details at a press briefing on Wednesday.

Jay.Y Lee, Samsung's group leader might be in trouble as he appears in second round of questioning at the South Korean special prosecutor's office in corruption sacndal.

The case is part of a far-reaching scandal that has driven hundreds of thousands of South Korean protestors to the streets and prompted lawmakers to vote to impeach President Park.

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