Lee Jae-yong, head of Samsung Electronics, leaves the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea, last Friday.
Lee Jae-yong, head of Samsung Electronics, leaves the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea, last Friday. Kim Do-hoon

Samsung chief headed for court

SAMSUNG chief executive Lee Jae-yong faces a court today that will decide whether to grant South Korea's special prosecutor a warrant to arrest him on charges relating to multi- million dollar bribes to a friend of President Park Geun-hye.

Investigators grilled him for 22 straight hours last week. The scandal led to Parliament impeaching Ms Park last month.

The prosecutor accused Mr Lee of paying $48.7million in bribes to groups linked to the President's friend Choi Soon-sil to secure the merger of two affiliates and cement control of the family business.

Mr Lee, 48, is also accused of embezzlement and perjury in the warrant.

Samsung, with $308 billion revenue, is about one sixth of South Korea's economy.

"The special prosecutor's office determined that while the country's economic conditions are important, upholding justice takes precedence,” a spokesman said.



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