Sam­sung vice chair dis­putes charges

De­fense, pros­e­cu­tion spar dur­ing hear­ing in bribery case.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - From wire ser­vices Sam­sung

Sam­sung lawyers de­nied on Thurs­day all charges brought against Lee Jae-yong, the bil­lion­aire heir to Sam­sung, and ques­tioned the le­git­i­macy of the in­dict­ment in a South Korea cor­rup­tion scan­dal that has en­snared the coun­try’s pres­i­dent.

Lee’s lawyers told a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing that pros­e­cu­tors are un­fairly try­ing to cre­ate an im­pres­sion Lee is guilty by men­tion­ing a past con­vic­tion of his fa­ther and by de­pict­ing Lee as hav­ing ab­so­lute control over a strat­egy of­fice that al­legedly en­gaged in bribery. They asked pros­e­cu­tors to re­write their state­ment of al­le­ga­tions and to cor­rect its de­pic­tion of the strat­egy of­fice as a team work­ing only for the benefit of the Sam­sung found­ing fam­ily.

The 48-year-old Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics vice chair­man was ar­rested and in­dicted last month on bribery, em­bez­zle­ment and three other charges that could en­tail at least five years in prison if he’s proven guilty. He is rep­re­sented by an army of 13 at­tor­neys at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC that in­cludes for­mer se­nior judges.

Both pros­e­cu­tors and Sam­sung have high stakes in the case. The court must is­sue a rul­ing by the end of May.

Sam­sung has ma­jor op­er­a­tions in Austin. Sam­sung said in Novem­ber it plans to in­vest more

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