Prosecutors want Samsung vice chairman arrest
South Korean prosecutors have an arrest warrant requested for Samsung’s vice chairman Lee Jae-yong. He is suspected of bribery in a major corruption scandal.
The application for the arrest warrant on Monday by the prosecutors submitted, reports news agency AP. Lee was last week officially named as a suspect in the corruptiezaak, after which he on Friday 22 hours was examined.
The South Korean judge must approve the request before the chief can be arrested. This will be the court on Wednesday, judge.
Lee is suspected of bribery. The vice-president would have the money given to a girlfriend of South Korean president Park Geun-hye, in exchange for political and business favors.
The bribery would have helped with the controversial merger of Samsung C&T Cheil Industries. Shareholders supported the acquisition, but the president ordered the relevant National Pension Service, in order to vote.
Samsung has not yet officially on the possible arrest responded.