Samsung chief Lee arrives at special prosecutor’s office

Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee arrives at the special prosecutor’s office after being arrested over his alleged role in the country’s corruption scandal.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (Reuters) – Handcuffed and tied with white rope, the scion of one of the world’s biggest conglomerates was taken on Saturday (February 18) for questioning by South Korean authorities after a night in a detention cell.

Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday (February 17) for his alleged role in a corruption scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

The 48-year-old Lee, who has a net worth of $6.2 billion, heads the technology giant that is the world’s biggest manufacturer of smartphones, flat-screen televisions and memory chips.

Lee arrived at the special prosecutor’s office at about 2:20 pm (0520 GMT) clean-shaven and expressionless, wearing a dark suit and white shirt without tie, getting out of a blue van emblazoned with the justice ministry logo escorted by detainment facility officials.

He spent the night at the Seoul Detention Centre on the outskirts of the capital in a 6.56-square-meter (71-square- foot) single cell with a toilet in the corner behind a partition.

The special prosecutor’s office accuses Lee of bribing a close friend of the president to gain government favours related to leadership succession at the conglomerate. It said on Friday it will indict him on charges including bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas and perjury.