South Korea special prosecutors to question Samsung leader as a suspect

Reuters | Published: 11:48, Jan 11,2017

Jay Y. Lee

Jay Y. Lee, the only son of Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee. — Reuters file photo

A South Korean special prosecutor’s office on Wednesday said it had summoned Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee as a suspect in a widening influence-peddling scandal involving president Park Geun-hye.

Prosecutors have been checking whether Samsung’s support for a business and foundations backed by Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil, was connected to a 2015 decision by the National Pension Service to back a controversial merger of two Samsung Group affiliates.

Lee Kyu-chul, spokesman for the special prosecution team, told a briefing Lee was being summoned on Thursday morning over suspicions including bribery, but did not elaborate. Samsung Group could not be immediately reached for comment.

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