Ar­rest war­rant looms for Sam­sung head

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SEOUL: South Korea’s spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor is seek­ing a war­rant to ar­rest the head of Sam­sung Group, the coun­try’s largest con­glom­er­ate, ac­cus­ing him of pay­ing multi-mil­lion dol­lar bribes to a friend of Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors had grilled Sam­sung Group chief Jay Y Lee for 22 hours last week as a sus­pect in a cor­rup­tion scan­dal, which last month led to par­lia­ment im­peach­ing Park.

The spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice ac­cused Lee of pay­ing bribes to­talling 43 bil­lion won (R497mil­lion) to or­gan­i­sa­tions linked to Choi Soon­sil, a friend of the pres­i­dent at the cen­tre of the scan­dal, to ce­ment his con­trol of the fam­ily busi­ness. Lee, 48, who be­came head of Sam­sung af­ter his fa­ther, Lee Kun-hee, had a heart at­tack in 2014, also faces em­bez­zle­ment and per­jury charges. – Reuters

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