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Special prosecutors in S.Korea to question Samsung boss in graft probe

Special prosecutors in S.Korea to question Samsung boss in graft probe

Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee has been summoned by special prosecutors in South Korea as a suspect over ongoing graft probe involving President Park Geun-hye and her friend Choi Soon-sil.

Reports say prosecutors in South Korea 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.

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According to Lee Kyu-chul, spokesman for the special prosecution team, Lee was being summoned on Thursday morning over suspicions including bribery.

Ms Park is accused of giving Ms Choi inappropriate access to government policy-making and decisions.

Park has since acknowledged that she committed lapses, and apologised twice on national television but a probe into her activities are still ongoing.

 

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