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Ex-Samsung vice chairman summoned over corruption allegations linked to former President Lee

2018/02/14 15:18

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SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors said Wednesday they have ordered a former vice chairman of Samsung Group to undergo questioning over corruption allegations involving former President Lee Myung-bak.

Lee Hak-soo, who headed the now-disbanded Samsung's control tower between the late 1990s and 2000s, was summoned to appear at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Thursday, according to the prosecution.

Prosecutors are investigating the suspicion that the conglomerate paid lawyer fees for DAS, a local auto parts maker run by the ex-president's family, in a U.S. lawsuit. DAS raised the suit against a businessman to recoup its 14 billion-won (US$13 million) investment in his U.S.-based investment advisory firm.

The prosecution raided his home last week as part of the probe.

DAS is owned by a brother of Lee, but Lee has long been suspected of being its real owner. The company is also under investigation over suspicion that it created a 12 billion-won slush fund for the former president, whose five-year term ended in early 2013. The former president has denied the accusations.

This undated file photo shows Lee Hak-soo, a former vice chairman of Samsung Group (Yonhap) This undated file photo shows Lee Hak-soo, a former vice chairman of Samsung Group (Yonhap)

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