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South Korea: Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong arrives at court to face corruption charges01:51

South Korea: Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong arrives at court to face corruption charges

Korea, Republic of, Seoul
January 18, 2017 at 02:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Vice President of Samsung Electronics Lee Jae-yong arrived at Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, Wednesday to face charges of bribery, embezzlement and perjury in the corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-hye.

Lee was approached by journalists upon his arrival at the court, but did not give any comments on the case. Prosecutors requested Lee Jae-yong's arrest, if it is approved, prosecutors have up to 20 days to indict him.

Attorneys accuse Samsung Electronics of giving millions of dollars in donations to non-profit foundations run by one of the South Korean president’s confidantes, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for political support.

Park was impeached after facing accusations of conspiring to extort tens of millions of dollars from South Korean businesses along with Choi Soon-sil. Park is accused of granting her friend undue influence over her presidential decisions, which allegedly allowed Choi to solicit business donations for her own non-profit fund. The constitutional court has six months to rule on the validity of Park's impeachment.

Footage filmed by Yonhap

South Korea: Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong arrives at court to face corruption charges01:51
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The Vice President of Samsung Electronics Lee Jae-yong arrived at Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, Wednesday to face charges of bribery, embezzlement and perjury in the corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-hye.

Lee was approached by journalists upon his arrival at the court, but did not give any comments on the case. Prosecutors requested Lee Jae-yong's arrest, if it is approved, prosecutors have up to 20 days to indict him.

Attorneys accuse Samsung Electronics of giving millions of dollars in donations to non-profit foundations run by one of the South Korean president’s confidantes, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for political support.

Park was impeached after facing accusations of conspiring to extort tens of millions of dollars from South Korean businesses along with Choi Soon-sil. Park is accused of granting her friend undue influence over her presidential decisions, which allegedly allowed Choi to solicit business donations for her own non-profit fund. The constitutional court has six months to rule on the validity of Park's impeachment.

Footage filmed by Yonhap