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Samsung heir apparent is arrested in South Korean corruption scandal

Samsung heir apparent is arrested in South Korean corruption scandal

South Korean special prosecutors investigating a sprawling corruption scandal that led to the president’s impeachment arrested the heir apparent to Samsung Electronics  on Friday.

Prosecutors in recent weeks accused Lee Jae-yong of several crimes, including bribery, embezzlement and perjury. A court ruled early Friday that they had produced enough evidence to arrest and detain him — a stunning decision that reverses the same court’s denial a few weeks ago.

"Based on the newly gathered criminal charges and evidence, the cause and necessity for arrest has been acknowledged," Judge Han Jeong-suk said.

The allegations against the Samsung Electronics...

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