South Korea: Court rejects arrest warrant for Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong

A Seoul court rejected Tuesday the arrest warrant for Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong over the succession probe.

The Seoul Central District Court turned down the prosecution’s request to arrest Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, saying that there is not sufficient probable cause for his arrest.

At a court hearing Monday, Lee tried his best to avoid another arrest over alleged corporate fraud surrounding a 2015 merger between two key affiliates.

Arriving at the Seoul Central District Court at 10:30 a.m. for the arrest warrant hearing, the heir apparent of Samsung Group went into the courtroom straight away, without answering questions from reporters on whether he directed company officials to proceed with the controversial tie-up.

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