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Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong facing South Korea arrest

Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Group, arrives at the office of the Independent Counsel for questioning in Seoul, South Korea, 13 February 2017 Image copyright EPA

A court in South Korea has approved the arrest of Samsung’s heir apparent Lee Jae-yong, accused of bribery, embezzlement and perjury.

The case is linked to a scandal that led to the impeachment of the country’s President Park Geung-hye.

Samsung is accused of giving donations to non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a friend of Ms Park, in exchange for government favours.

Seoul Central District Court’s decision is likely to shock the business world.


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