South Korea: Samsung heir appears in court for bribery retrial

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong appeared in court for his bribery retrial Monday, in the next chapter of a corruption scandal that involves ousted President Park Geun-hye.

The third-generation leader of Samsung Group arrived at the Seoul High Court at around 1:30 p.m. He entered the building without answering any questions from reporters.

Four former Samsung executives, Choi Gee-sung and Kim Jong-joong, Hwang Sung-soo, Park Sang-jin and Chang Choong-ki, also attended the trial.

Lee missed a preliminary hearing late last month, the day after the death of his father, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee.

The high-profile trial has resumed after a 10-month suspension stemming from the prosecutors’ request for a change of judges in January. The prosecutors then accused the judges of bias in favor of leniency toward Lee. But the same judges remain on the panel, as the Supreme Court turned down the request.

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