Samsung chief awaits decision on his arrest

Supporters of Samsung Group leader Lee Jae Yong outside the Seoul Central District Court in South Korea yesterday. A decision on his arrest was expected to come late yesterday or early today.
Supporters of Samsung Group leader Lee Jae Yong outside the Seoul Central District Court in South Korea yesterday. A decision on his arrest was expected to come late yesterday or early today.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SEOUL • Samsung Group leader Lee Jae Yong left a Seoul court after more than eight hours yesterday to await a decision on whether he will be arrested over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that has engulfed President Park Geun Hye.

The 48-year-old Mr Lee, wearing a dark coat and navy tie, kept his head down and did not answer reporters' questions as he left the Seoul Central District Court after the closed-door hearing, and headed to a detention centre pending a judge's ruling.

A decision was expected to come late yesterday or early today, based on previous instances.

Last month, the same court rejected the special prosecutor's request that Mr Lee be arrested.

"The basic relationship of the facts and the structure of the argument were not very different from the previous warrant," one of Mr Lee's lawyers, Mr Song Wu Cheol, told reporters outside the court.

"I believe the court will make a wise decision," he said.

The corruption scandal erupted late last year and has engulfed South Korea's political and business elite.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2017, with the headline 'Samsung chief awaits decision on his arrest'. Print Edition | Subscribe