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Samsung heir arrested in SKorea

dpa logodpa 16/02/2017

Samsung heir Lee Jae Yong, vice president of the electronics giant will be the first leader in Samsung's history to be held on criminal charges.

Samsung heir Lee Jae Yong has been arrested over bribery allegations linked to the corruption scandal that has engulfed President Park Geun Hye, the Yonhap news agency reported.

The decision by the Seoul Central District Court on Friday to allow the arrest of Lee, vice president of the electronics giant, means that he will be the first leader in Samsung's history to be held on criminal charges.

In January, a court rejected a request to arrest Lee, the de facto boss of the Samsung conglomerate, saying it did not see the necessity.

Although Lee's father, Lee Kung Hee, is officially chairman of Samsung, ill health has forced the younger Lee into a more prominent role in recent years.

Samsung is accused of making donations totalling 43 billion won ($US36.3 million dollars) to several non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon Sil, a confidante of Park's, in exchange for the president's support for a controversial merger.

Choi has been charged with using her ties to Park to pressure companies like Samsung to donate money to foundations she operates.

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