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Seoul court considers Samsung heir's arrest for allegedly bribing President

Samsung Electronics Vice-Chairman Lee Jae-yong is also being investigated for embezzlement

AP | PTI  |  Seoul 

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A flag bearing the logo of Samsung Electronics is pictured at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea

A South Korean court has begun deliberating on whether to issue an arrest warrant for a heir accused of offering bribes to the country's President and her close friend.

Electronics Vice-Chairman 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 They accuse him of giving bribes worth $36 million to President 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.

First Published: Thu, February 16 2017. 08:57 IST