SEOUL Jan 12 South Korea's special prosecutor
has not yet decided whether to seek an arrest warrant for
Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee, a spokesman for the
investigation team said on Thursday.
An investigation of Lee is underway, and a decision on an
arrest warrant will not be made until Thursday's investigation
is completed, said Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for the special
The 48-year-old executive was named a suspect and summoned
for questioning early on Thursday.
Prosecutors are trying to determine if payments of about 30
billion won ($25 million) Samsung made to the foundations and a
business backed by a confidant 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 companies.
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by