Samsung chief arrested over presidential corruption scandal

Acting Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong was arrested early Friday on bribery charges in connection with the influence peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea’s president, Park Geun-hye. A court last month rejected prosecutors’ request to arrest Lee, but this time prosecutors presented new information and a judge said the court acknowledged “the cause and necessity of the arrest.” Prosecutors accuse Samsung of paying $38 million in bribes to organizations linked to Choi Soon-sil, the president’s confidante at the heart of the scandal.

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