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.
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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