Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Samsung heir to be quizzed again over corruption scandal

South Korea's special prosecutor said it would again summon Samsung Group scion Lee Jae Yong to question him on suspicion of bribery, as it investigates a graft scandal that has engulfed the country's president.

Lee, the billionaire vice chairman of technology giant Samsung Electronics, will be summoned along with two other group officials on Monday morning, said Lee Kyu-chul, the spokesman of the prosecution team. Investigators had sought to arrest Lee when they last questioned him last month, b. A prolonged investigation into the latest political scandal could potentially derail succession plans at Samsung.

Things are going from bad to worse for Lee Jae-yong, 48-year-old vice chairman and presumed heir of Samsung Group.

Prosecutors will decide whether to again seek an arrest warrant for Lee by next week.

It is alleged he pledged 43 billion won (35 million euros) to a business and organisations backed by an influential friend of the South Korean president in exchange for political support for the merger of two Samsung companies.

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It remains uncertain whether prosecutors will again seek an arrest warrant for Lee after failing with their January 19 request.

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.

Ms Choi is on trial for charges including corruption and coercion. 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.

Ms Park denies wrongdoing but has apologised for the way she managed her relationship with Ms Choi, who also denies committing criminal offences.

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