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Lee Jae-yong Questioned for 23 Hours

17:15 January 13, 2017 replay time01:38

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[Anchor]

Park Young-soo's special prosecution team conducted an intensive investigation of Vice CEO Lee Jae-yong of Samsung Electronics, reining in their investigation.

We are now connected with the special prosecution’s office for more details.

Kim Bo-yoon has more on the investigation on Samsung.

[Reporter]

Lee Jae-yong’s summoning to the special prosecution has marked the pinnacle of the bribery investigations surrounding Samsung.

Lee was investigated for twenty-three hours in total.

This was the longest for anyone publicly summoned by the special prosecutors.

The issue now is how to deal with the relevant people.

From early on in the investigation, the special prosecution team directly targeted Samsung’s bribery charges and investigated the National Pension Service, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and even Blue House secretaries.

However, almost no judicial actions were taken against them.

The special prosecution team plans to deal with all relevant people at once, as soon as they review their investigation of Lee.

The special prosecution believes that, once Lee’s charges are outlined, proving the charges of other relevant people will also be completed.

It was reported that special prosecution team asked Lee, suspected of giving bribes, about whether he instructed any unfair support for the family of Choi Soon-sil.

They were also reported to have questioned whether such support was in return for the National Pension Service’s consent to the Samsung merger.

They plan to first clarify the factual grounds, including whether there were any systematic instructions through Samsung by Lee, and whether the Blue House intervened, then review the need to request an arrest warrant.

It is expected that the fates of not only the previously questioned Choi Ji-sung and Jang Chung-ki, the deputy head and head of Samsung’s Future Strategy Office, but also Hong Wan-sun, the former senior official of the National Pension Service, and presidential secretary Kim Jin-soo will also be decided simultaneously.

Kim Bo-yoon reporting for Yonhap News TV from the special prosecution’s office.

Yonhap News TV: 02-398-4441 (Inquiry on article) 4409 (Report), KakaoTalk/LINE jebo23

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