Jay Y. Lee, the Samsung Group leader appeared before special prosecutors in South Korea for questioning in connection with ongoing graft probe involving President Park Geun-hye and her friend Choi Soon-sil.
When the Samsung leader arrived the prosecutors office in a black Korean-made Ssangyong sedan, he was greeted by protesters holding signs calling for his arrest and accusing him of being the president’s accomplice.
While addressing a host of pressmen who accosted him at the premises, Lee said; “I am very sorry to the South Korean people for not showing a better side”.
According to Lee Kyu-chul, spokesman for the special prosecution team, Lee was summoned over suspicions including bribery.
Reports say prosecutors in South Korea have been checking whether Samsung’s support for a business and foundations backed by Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil was connected to a 2015 decision by the National Pension Service to back a controversial merger of two Samsung Group affiliates.
Ms Park is accused of giving Ms Choi inappropriate access to government policy-making and decisions.
Park has since acknowledged that she committed lapses, and apologised twice on national television but a probe into her activities are still ongoing.
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