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Samsung Chief Lee Arrested In Corruption Investigation (reuters.com) 24

According to Reuters, Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach South Korean President Park Geun-hye. From the report: The 48-year-old Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS), was taken into custody at the Seoul Detention Centre, where he had awaited the court's decision following a day-long, closed-door hearing that ended on Thursday evening. The judge's decision was announced at about 5:30 a.m. (2030 GMT) on Friday, more than 10 hours after Lee, the sprawling conglomerate's third-generation leader, had left the court. The same court rejected a request from prosecutors last month to arrest Lee. On Tuesday, the special prosecutor's office had requested a warrant to arrest him and another executive, Samsung Electronics president Park Sang-jin, on bribery and other charges. The prosecution said it had secured additional evidence and brought more charges against Lee in the latest warrant request. While Lee's detention is not expected to hamper day-to-day operation of Samsung Group companies, which are run by professional managers, experts have said it could affect strategic decision-making by South Korea's biggest conglomerate. Prosecutors have focused their investigations on Samsung's relationship with Park, 65, who was impeached by parliament in December and has been stripped of her powers while the Constitutional Court decides whether to uphold her impeachment. They accused Samsung of paying bribes totaling 43 billion won ($37.74 million) to organizations linked to Choi to secure the government's backing for a merger of two Samsung units. That funding includes Samsung's sponsorship of the equestrian career of Choi's daughter, who is in detention in Denmark, having been on a South Korean wanted list.

Samsung Chief Lee Arrested In Corruption Investigation

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  • I don't think anyone with that much money's been prosecuted for corruption in the United States, well, ever. Maybe Madoff would count. I wonder who he pissed off / forgot to bribe. The cynic in me can't believe this is an honest attempt at justice.
    • Madoff was the worst of the worst in the eyes of billionaires. A poseur that got away with it for decades, getting fat on their caviar and dom, taking off all the 'right people' in 'high society'. They have to remember elbowing and clawing, just to be allowed to get fucked by Madoff. The butthurt will be slow to fade.

      At the end he's only got what he has very well hidden. How he gets any of that into prison is a mystery. Penniless in the eyes of the law.

      I expected their to be criminal charges after the

    • I don't think he will ever see the inside of a prison. I had a quick look at this [wikipedia.org] and there seems to have been a fair bit of dodgy dealing over the years.

      I don't imagine that's unique to Samsung either, the Chaebols have a huge amount of political power in Korea.

    • Dont worry, almost certainly just political.

      The Korean Chaebol corps are pretty much untouchable, this guy is just a bit new and probably wasnt quite playing by the rules.
      This is just the governments way of reinforcing that they are the flip side of the corruption coin, and that the corps have to play
      by the rules. He will almost certainly get a few minor wrist slaps and told to play nicer and keep it quieter.

      Other than that, its all just corruption as normal behind the curtains. Thats the price Koreans pay

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 16, 2017 @08:32PM (#53883341)

    We'd have a bunch of bank execs in jail.

    • What a great post, I was about to post something similar. While I was generally a fan of Obama, this is one area where his administration fell down. And the big banks should have been broken up.

  • I guess that Samsung is not on fire any longer. It will not come up with more explosive handsets, its phones will not become flaming successes, and it will of course not singe the competition. What a shame - my money was burning a hole in my pocket.
  • Can't happen in Amerikka; we respect our corporate leaders. Bankers and others 'too big to fail' get a bye when the shit hits the fan. Only the minions pay the price.

  • .... scandal that led parliament to impeach South Korean President Park Geun-hye. From the report: . ....

    Which parliment? Is Slashdot specific to USA or a global website? Why do we have so many reports that simply mention "parliment" or "the Navy" , etc. without mentioning the nation?

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