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Samsung denies bribery as boss questioned again over influence-peddling


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Samsung denies bribery as boss questioned again over influence-peddling

South Korea’s Samsung Group has said it never paid bribes to South Korean President Park Geun-hye or sought illicit favours from her, as a special prosecutor’s office seeks to arrest the conglomerate’s leader.

The prosecutor’s office said it had filed a second request to arrest Jay Y. Lee, the third-generation leader of the country’s biggest conglomerate.

That came after Lee was interviewed for a second time in a session that lasted for 15 hours.

Lee has been classified as a suspect in the probe into an influence-peddling scandal involving the South Korea’s president.

He was reportedly questioned about bribery and embezzlement, along with two other top Samsung executives.

After Lee was interviewed the first time in January, the Seoul Central District Court ruled there was not enough evidence to justify his arrest.

It is alleged he pledged 43 billion won (35 million euros) to a business and organisations backed by an influential friend of the South Korean president in exchange for political support for the merger of two Samsung companies.

Lee and the Samsung Group have denied wrongdoing.

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