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1st LD Writethru: S.Korean independent counsel seeks arrest warrant for Samsung heir

Xinhua, January 16, 2017 Adjust font size:

South Korean independent counsel team investigating a scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye sought an arrest warrant for the heir apparent of Samsung Group, the countrys largest family-run conglomerate.

The team said in a text message on Monday that it had sought an arrest warrant for Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong for criminal counts, including bribery charge.

Samsung is suspected of having providing financial assistance to President Parks longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil and Chios daughter in return for getting support from the national pension fund in the merger in July 2015 of two Samsung affiliates. Endit