Seoul justice considers detain of Samsung de facto head

  • Lee Jae-yong, center, a clamp authority of Samsung Electronics Co. is questioned by reporters on his attainment during a Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, for a conference Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.  The Seoul Central District Court will confirm either to locate Lee after prosecutors requested a locate progressing this week. Photo: Lee Jin-man, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean justice is deliberation either to approve a locate of Samsung Electronics clamp authority Lee Jae-yong, one of a country’s wealthiest business leaders, on charges of temptation and other offenses.

Lee, a usually son of Samsung’s chairman, did not pronounce to a throng of reporters watchful while nearing and withdrawal a Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday. After a four-hour conference he was taken to a apprehension core nearby Seoul to wait a court’s decision.


If Lee’s locate is approved, prosecutors can locate him for adult to 21 days before rigourously charging him, pronounced a court’s orator Shin Jae-hwan. The decider will announce a preference on a locate aver early Thursday morning, Shin said, yet a accurate timing was unclear.

Samsung is South Korea’s biggest family-controlled conglomerate, or chaebol, with businesses encompassing consumer electronics, shipbuilding and life insurance. The association is a world’s biggest builder of smartphones and mechanism “memory” chips.

The association had a severe year even before removing drawn into an influence-peddling liaison that led to a impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. In 2016, Samsung Electronics had several product recalls, including a discontinuation of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that tended to overheat or locate fire.

Prosecutors requested Lee’s locate for allegedly bribing Park and a confidante of hers, Choi Soon-sil, who is on conference for nosiness in state affairs.

Lee, 48, faces allegations of giving bribes value 43 billion won ($36 million) to Choi and a boss in hopes of winning supervision subsidy for a quarrelsome Samsung partnership in 2015.

Prosecutors also think Lee of piracy and of fibbing underneath promise during a parliamentary conference final month.

Lee has been portion as a de facto conduct of Samsung given his father suffered a heart conflict in 2014.

Prosecutors devise to serve Park, who is available a court’s preference on either to defend her impeachment, to doubt her about a temptation allegations.

A former health minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, was indicted on Monday for pressuring grant account officials to support a Samsung merger. Prosecutors contend they trust Moon, who now heads a grant fund, acted on interest of Park, who systematic him to safeguard a Samsung partnership went smoothly.

The partnership helped Lee boost his control over Samsung Electronics, South Korea’s many profitable company.


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