A South Korean court on Friday ordered the arrest of Jay Y. Lee, head of the Samsung Group, on suspicion of bribery and other charges in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye.
Prosecutors accuse Lee in his capacity as head of South Korea’s largest conglomerate of pledging 43 billion won ($37.74 million) to a business and organizations backed by Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for support of a 2015 merger of two Samsung companies.
Samsung and Lee have denied wrongdoing in the case.
Lee’s arrest is likely to put greater public focus on three key executives at the sprawling conglomerate.
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