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Samsung scion named as bribery suspect

dpa logodpa 11/01/2017

A South Korean special prosecutor's office will question the heir apparent of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong, as a suspect in a widening influence-peddling scandal.

The heir apparent of South Korean conglomerate Samsung is being treated as a suspect in an influence-peddling scandal that threatens to topple the country's president, investigators say.

Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co and the grandson of the company's founder, is expected to appear for questioning at 9.30am local time on Thursday, probe spokesman Lee Kyu-chul said during a press briefing.

The spokesman said the Samsung chairman is a suspect on bribery charges being probed by a special investigation team looking into the scandal surrounding South Korean President Park Guen Hye.

Park has already been impeached and is now awaiting the outcome of a probe which will help decide whether she should be permanently removed from office.

She stands accused of allowing her friend and confidante, Choi Soon Sil, to have disproportionate influence on her, going so far as letting Choi review personnel files and giving Choi the chance to read official speeches in advance.

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

Specifically, Yonhap reported, Samsung allegedly struck a 22-billion-won ($A24.8 million) contract with a German-based company owned by Choi, which led to a consulting arrangement to fund equestrian training for Choi's daughter.

The daughter, Chung Yoo Ra, is in custody in Denmark as authorities there ponder an extradition request to South Korea.

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