An independent review panel in South Korea said Friday the heir to the country’s Samsung empire should not be indicted over a controversial merger of two business units seen as a key step to his succession.
Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, is already being re-tried on charges of bribery, embezzlement and other offences in connection with a corruption scandal that brought down former South Korean president Park Geun-hye.
The merger case is separate from his ongoing retrial.
The review panel — comprised of 15 experts from legal circles, academia, media and civic groups — said it was “hard to substantiate” prosecutors’ claims that Lee had broken the law and he should not be indicted, Yonhap news agency reported.
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