Samsung chief questioned behind closed doors in arrest warrant hearing

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By Joyce Lee and Hyunjoo Jin
| SEOUL

SEOUL A South Korean judge questioned Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee and another executive behind closed doors on Thursday to decide whether they should be arrested over their roles in a corruption scandal that has engulfed President Park Geun-hye.

Dozens of protesters surrounded by riot police met Lee, 48, who was wearing a dark coat and navy tie as he arrived at the Seoul Central District Court to attend the hearing.

South Korea’s special prosecutor’s office has focused its investigations on Samsung Group’s [SAGR.UL] relationship with Park, who was impeached by parliament in December and has been stripped of her powers while the Constitutional Court decides whether to uphold her impeachment.

Prosecutors accuse Lee in his capacity as the head of South Korea’s largest conglomerate of pledging 43 billion won ($37.7 million) to a business and organizations backed by Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for…



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