South Korea court to begin trial of Samsung chief on March 9

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  • Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee arrives at the office of the independent counsel team in Seoul, South Korea, February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

    Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee arrives at the office of the independent counsel team in Seoul, South Korea, February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo (Copyright Reuters 2017)

  • Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee arrives at the office of the independent counsel team in Seoul, South Korea, February 19, 2017.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

    Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee arrives at the office of the independent counsel team in Seoul, South Korea, February 19, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (Copyright Reuters 2017)

A South Korean court will on March 9 hold its first hearing in the trial of Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee, who faces charges of bribery as part of a corruption scandal that has rocked the country, a court indicated on Friday.

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Lee, the 48-year-old third-generation leader of the country's top conglomerate, was indicted by a special prosecutor on Tuesday on charges including pledging 43 billion won ($37.24 million) in payments to a confidant of President Park Geun-hye.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Robert Birsel)