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South Korea special prosecutor yet to decide on seeking arrest of Samsung leader
January 12, 2017 / 6:17 AM / 10 months ago

South Korea special prosecutor yet to decide on seeking arrest of Samsung leader

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s special prosecutor has not yet decided whether to seek an arrest warrant for Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee, a spokesman for the investigation team said on Thursday.

Jay Y. Lee, center, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives to be questioned as a suspect in bribery case in the influence-peddling scandal that led to the president's impeachment at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool

An investigation of Lee is underway, and a decision on an arrest warrant will not be made until Thursday’s investigation is completed, said Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for the special prosecutor’s office.

The 48-year-old executive was named a suspect and summoned for questioning early on Thursday.

Prosecutors are trying to determine if payments of about 30 billion won ($25 million) Samsung made to the foundations and a business backed by a confidant of President Park Geun-hye were connected to a 2015 decision by the National Pension Service to back a controversial merger of two Samsung Group companies.

($1=1,181.9000 won)

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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