A South Korean court has begun deliberating on whether to issue an arrest warrant for a Samsung
heir accused of offering bribes to the country's President and her close friend.
Electronics Vice-Chairman Lee Jae-yong
walked into the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday without speaking.
Prosecutors are seeking permission for the second time to arrest the 48-year-old billionaire heir to Samsung.
They accuse him of giving bribes worth $36 million to President Park Geun-hye
and her long-time friend in order to win government favours for a smooth company leadership transition.
Prosecutors are also investigating Lee on allegations of embezzlement, hiding assets overseas and perjury.
The court rejected their first attempt to arrest Lee last month, citing a lack of evidence to justify his arrest.