S Korea: Samsung chief awaits arrest warrant decision
A court in South Korea is deliberating whether to issue an arrest warrant for Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong, who's been accused of bribery, embezzlement and perjury.
Mr Lee could be the first executive to be arrested in connection to a scandal which led to the impeachment of the country's President Park Geun-hye.
South Korea's special prosecutors made a formal request for an arrest warrant earlier this week.
Samsung has denied any wrongdoing.
The electronics giant is accused of giving donations to non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a friend of Ms Park, in exchange for government favours.
It has admitted making payments but insists it did not expect any favours in return.
Mr Lee, also known as Jay Y Lee was at Seoul Central District Court earlier in the day to give evidence. He is now being held in custody pending the decision.
He is currently vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics, but since his father, Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack in 2014, he is considered de facto boss of the entire Samsung Group conglomerate.
Samsung is South Korea's most high-profile company, and its sales are equal to about a fifth of the country's GDP.
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