South Korean Officials Shocked by Samsung Heir's Arrest
17 de febrero de 2017, 12:36Seoul,Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Officials representing President Park Geun-hye said today they were shocked by the arrest of the de-facto head of the country''s No. 1 conglomerate Samsung Group, according to local media.
Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of the world's leading tech giant Samsung Electronics Co., was arrested earlier in the day on charges that included bribery in connection with the high-profile scandal surrounding the president and her confidante.
Park was impeached by the parliament in December on allegations her confidante Choi Soon-sil exerted influence on state affairs without any seat in the administration and pursued personal benefits under her nose.
Samsung earlier admitted to making contributions to two nonprofit foundations, K-Sports and Mir,allegedly controlled by Choi and her Germany-based firm, but denied the move came with the intention to win the government's backing for a merger between two of its affiliates.
Park and her lawyers have maintained both K-Sports and Mir were created with the best of intentions to support the country's sports and cultural sectors.
The president has insisted that she knew nothing of any wrongdoings committed by those under her or her long-time friend, and she certainly did not take any bribes.
In any case the absence of the company leader will force the biggest manufacturer of cell phones to temporary suspend invesments plans and others important decitions that could only be authorized by Lee, according to Yonhap news agency.
The company represents 20 percent of the national economy.
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