Chief of South Korea's Samsung Group denies all charges: Yonhap

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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)

The leader of South Korea's Samsung Group conglomerate, Jay Y. Lee, on Thursday denied all of a special prosecutor's charges against him, the Yonhap news agency cited his lawyer as saying at the opening of a hearing against him.

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Court proceedings for the trial of Lee on bribery, embezzlement and other charges, began amid a corruption scandal that has rocked South Korea and led to the impeachment of the president.

Lee, who is being detained at Seoul Detention Centre, was not in attendance.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Robert Birsel)