Samsung Group says it appreciates chief Jay Y. Lee's release

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  • Jay Y. Lee attends a prize ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, June 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Cho Seong-joon/Pool/File photo

    Jay Y. Lee attends a prize ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Cho Seong-joon/Pool/File photo (Copyright Reuters 2017)

  • Jay Y. Lee attends a prize ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, June 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Cho Seong-joon/Pool/File photo

    Jay Y. Lee attends a prize ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Cho Seong-joon/Pool/File photo (Copyright Reuters 2017)

  • Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee, leaves after attending a court hearing to review a detention warrant request against him at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, January 18, 2017.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

    Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee, leaves after attending a court hearing to review a detention warrant request against him at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (Copyright Reuters 2017)

Samsung Group said on Thursday it appreciated the fact that the South Korean special prosecutor's case against the head of the group, Jay Y. Lee, can proceed without his detention.

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"We appreciate the fact that the merits of this case can now be determined without the need for detention," Samsung Group said in an emailed statement.

Seoul Central District Court earlier rejected the special prosecution's request for a warrant to arrest Lee, who had been held overnight, for suspected bribery, embezzlement and perjury amid a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Nick Macfie)