SEOUL Jan 13 The South Korean special
prosecutor will decide whether to seek an arrest warrant for
Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee within two days, a
spokesman for the investigation team said on Friday.
The 48-year-old executive was named as a suspect on
suspicions that include bribery and perjury and was questioned
for more than 22 hours until his release early on Friday.
Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for the special prosecutor's
office, told a regular briefing that a final decision had yet to
be made on an arrest warrant. That decision could come as late
as Sunday, he said.
Prosecutors are trying to determine if payments of about 30
billion won ($25 million) Samsung made to foundations and a
business backed by a confidante of President Park Geun-hye were
connected to a 2015 decision by the National Pension Service to
back a controversial merger of two Samsung Group affiliates.
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Writing by Ju-min Park; Editing by