January 18, 2017 / 8:03 PM / 8 months ago

S.Korean court dismisses request to arrest Samsung chief

SEOUL, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A South Korean court on Thursday rejected a request for a warrant to arrest the head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

The decision by the Seoul Central District Court is likely to come as a major relief for the country’s largest conglomerate and for Lee, who has tried to fill the vacuum in the group’s leadership since his father was incapacitated by a heart attack in 2014.

The special prosecutor’s office on Monday said it would seek a warrant to arrest Lee on suspicion of bribery, embezzlement and perjury. (Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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