South Korea prosecutors to question heir to Samsung Electronics again

February 12, 2017 10:30 pm

A protester (2nd-R) carries a placard showing an image of Samsung Electronics’ heir Lee Jae-yong during an anti-government protest in Seoul, South , January 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

South Korean prosecutors are set to question the heir to Samsung Electronics again as part of a probe into a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.
Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for the special team of prosecutors, said on Sunday that Lee Jae-yong, Samsung’s vice chairman and the son of the Samsung group’s boss Lee Kun-hee, would be summoned again on Monday morning. 
“We need to question Lee… over other things we have discovered (after the arrest warrant was rejected),” said the spokesman.
He added that prosecutors may try again to formally arrest Lee based on the outcome of the questioning.
The 48-year-old has been quizzed several times over his alleged role in the influence-peddling scandal.
Last month, the Seoul Central District Court turned down a prosecution request for the arrest of Lee, citing inadequacy of evidence.

Lee Jae-yong, Samsung’s vice chairman and the son of the Samsung group’s boss Lee Kun-hee, leaves a detention center after a court refused to issue an arrest warrant over his role in a corruption scandal engulfing South Korean President Park Geun-hye, in Seoul, , January 19, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

President Park has been hit by a months-old major corruption scandal, in which the first female president of the country faces allegations of collusion with her long-time confidante Choi Soon-sil to pressure major corporations to contribute money to non-profit foundations Choi controlled.
The special prosecutors claim that Lee had paid or promised bribes totaling 43 billion won (36.42 million dollars) to Choi to win governmental favors.
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