SEOUL – South Korea's special prosecutor's office said it is planning to indict Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee on charges that go beyond previously cited bribery allegations surrounding government backing of a 2015 merger of two group affiliates.
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The charges against Lee relate to the broader process of leadership succession at Samsung, the prosecution spokesman told a news briefing on Friday, and said prosecutors will summon Lee for questioning on Saturday.
Lee was arrested early on Friday over his alleged role in a corruption scandal rocking the highest levels of power in South Korea.
(Reporting by Joyce Lee and Ju-min Park; Editing by Lincoln Feast)