South Korea: Prosecutors Fire Opening Salvo in Samsung Heir’s Graft Trial

Author(s): Hooyeon Kim, San Kim | Date: April 7, 2017 | Language: English
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South Korean prosecutors laid out their case against Samsung Electronics Co. Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee by revealing how a top government aide documented instances of alleged bribery in 39 handwritten notebooks.
Wearing a gray suit without a tie, Lee listened calmly as prosecutors took an hour to outline charges against him during his first court appearance in the graft scandal that cost South Korean President Park Geun-hye her job. Prosecutors said notebooks from An Chong-bum, a former chief secretary for economic affairs and policy coordination, back claims Lee ordered money funneled to a friend of Park to secure government backing for a pivotal 2015 merger.

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