Prosecutors in South Korea on Thursday reportedly requested a warrant for the arrest of Samsung inheritor Jay Y. Lee. Their investigation focuses on a controversial 2015 merger and an alleged accounting fraud tied to his suspected succession bid on the electronics big, Reuters reported late Wednesday.
Lee, who had acted as de facto Samsung head since his father, Lee Kun-Hee,, had confronted as much as in an investigation of the merger. His case was that led to the impeachment of now-former South Korean president Park Geun-hye.
Lee was sentenced to 5 years in jail in 2017 after being discovered responsible of bribery, perjury and embezzlement. His sentence was lowered from 5 years to two-and-a-half years earlier than being suspended.
Lee had all the time denied the allegations in courtroom, however now he faces a return to jail after his 2018 launch primarily based on suspicions of inventory worth manipulation and audit rule violations, Reuters reported.
Lee has been a central determine into an investigation of alleged accounting fraud at drug agency Samsung Biologics after the agency’s worth elevated by 4.5 trillion gained ($3.7 billion) in 2015, Reuters reported. That, in flip, assist increase the worth of its main proprietor, Cheil Industries, of which Lee is its best shareholder.
Lee was accused of bribes made as a part of an alleged alternate to get the government-controlled South Korean pension fund to again a 2015 merger between two Samsung Group holding corporations. The polarizing merger, between Samsung’s C&T building and buying and selling enterprise and its Cheil Industries chemical substances enterprise, helped solidify the Lee household’s maintain on Samsung Group.
Samsung did not instantly reply to a request for remark.