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Samsung chief appears for second round of questions in graft probe

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 01:53

Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee appears at the South Korean special prosecutor's office for second round of questioning as part of a wider investigation into an influence-peddling scandal that could topple President Park Geun-hye. Samantha Vadas reports.

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Round two of questioning for Samsung leader Jay Y Lee Monday (February 13), brought in again to the South Korean special prosecutors office as part of a wider investigation into a scandal that could topple President Park Geun-hye. Last month the business magnate faced a 22-hour grilling by special prosecutors, leading to an arrest warrant against him which was later rejected by a Seoul court. Reuters Vincent Lee explains they may still try to put the Samsung head in handcuffs. "The special prosecutors gave basically nothing away in terms of what they were looking for in today's questioning of Lee and two other Samsung executives. They're going to decide soon whether they're going to seek a second warrant," he says. "They're giving no specifics as to what they're looking into and what other charges they may be looking at slapping what's already out there for Lee, who is already a suspect in the case." Lee is accused of promising more than 37 million dollars to organisations backed by Park's friend Choi Soon-sil in exchange for help to merge two Samsung companies. Lee is key to the larger look into Park. "If they can get the connection between Samsung and Park or her aides or her confidantes clearly established as they're trying to do here then that cements the case they have against Park and depending on how things go - the special prosecution does seem to want to indict her ultimately which they can't do right now because she is president of the country and the law states that the head of the state cannot be charged while he or she is still in office," says Lee. Prosecutors had previously said they wouldn't seek arrests for any Samsung executives other than Lee. Though a spokesman Monday said they were considering warrants for four other suspects from the tech giant.

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Samsung chief appears for second round of questions in graft probe

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 01:53