South Korean prosecutors summon Samsung heir Lee

South Korean President Park Geun Hye was impeached by parliament in December over a corruption scandal AFP  Jeon HEON-KYUN     
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South Korean President Park Geun Hye was impeached by parliament in December over a corruption scandal AFP Jeon HEON-KYUN Enlarge Caption

Lee - who effectively took over the group after his father suffered a heart attack in 2014 - is described as a key figure in the scandal.

After meeting with the Special Counsel again in round two yesterday, the Special Counsel has made a decision to once again request the Court issue an arrest warrant against Samsung's Heir.

The probe team, led by Independent Counsel Park Young-soo, first quizzed him over the charges on January 12.

Lee and four other Samsung executives were questioned for their involvement in a corruption scandal involving South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her longtime acquaintance Choi Soon-sil, South Korean newspaper Hankyoreh reported. The President has rejected any wrongdoing in regards to the merger.

One of those two, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd president Park Sang-jin, did not respond to reporters on his arrival at the special prosecution team's office.

Please Wait while comments are loading. But it went through after Seoul's state pension fund - a major Samsung shareholder - approved it.

The pension fund's current chief was arrested a year ago on suspicion of pressuring the fund to back the merger, which helped Lee increase his influence in Samsung Electronics without spending any of his money.

South Korean media reports said the prosecutors are looking at whether Samsung purchased a costly horse for Choi's daughter, who is an equestrian, an allegation that Samsung has denied. They said the executive, who's also known as Jay Y. Lee, paid tens of millions of dollars to win government support for a controversial merger that helped tighten his grip on the country's biggest conglomerate.

Organizers for the pro-Park rally said they will call for her impeachment to be revoked and for the dissolution of the special prosecutors' team, which they believe were swayed by "false" and "fabricated" charges against the president, UPI reported on February 11.

The SPO promised to clarify its requests to arrest Lee and Samsung Electronics' Park tomorrow, February 15.

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