Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee emerges from a marathon questioning by South Korean prosecutors as part of the huge political scandal that has already toppled President Park Geun-hye. He's suspected of bribery and giving false testimony, and may yet be arrested. Graham Mackay reports.
A 22 hour interrogation. Not the sort of treatment that Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee is used to. The South Korean business magnate leaving the special prosecutors office in Seoul in the early hours of Friday (January 13), after a marathon grilling over suspected bribery. It's all part of the massive scandal that's already seen president Park Guen Hye impeached by parliament. Samsung is suspected of giving more than 25 million dollars to businesses backed by Park's friend Choi Soon-sil as a sweetener that would help merge two company affiliates. Lee has so far managed to avoid getting arrested, but he's not out of the woods yet. As well as suspecting him of bribery, prosecutors are also looking into whether Lee gave fast testimony at a preliminary hearing in December, when the heads of South Korea's most powerful companies were questioned over the presidential scandal. Officials say a decision on whether or not to put him in handcuffs is coming soon.