SEOUL Jan 11 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
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.
(Reporting by Se Young Lee and Ju-min Park; Editing by Clarence