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The South Korean political scandal claims another big name: Samsung




People walk past the Samsung logo at the Samsung group headquarters in Seoul. South Korean prosecutors on January 16 sought the arrest of the heir to giant conglomerate Samsung.
People walk past the Samsung logo at the Samsung group headquarters in Seoul. South Korean prosecutors on January 16 sought the arrest of the heir to giant conglomerate Samsung.
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South Korea has been embroiled by a political scandal involving President park Geun-hye and her confidante, Choi Soon-sil.

Park has been accused of letting Choi, who has no governmental post, meddle in political affairs for her own financial gains. And now, the political scandal has stretched into the highest reaches of corporate Korea, with word that investigators are looking to arrest Jay Y. Lee, head of Samsung – arguably the country’s biggest homegrown corporate giants – for allegedly bribing Park and Choi.

Investigators have started the process to get an arrest warrant for Lee, which has to be granted by a court. A hearing is likely set for Wednesday.

Guest:

Sung Yoon Lee, an expert on the Koreas and professor in Korean Studies at Tufts University