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South Korea prosecutor to summon Samsung's Lee again on suspicion of bribery

Lee has been classified as a suspect in the probe into an influence-peddling scandal involving the South Korea's president, Park Geun-hye.

The 48-year-old will be summoned again Monday morning, said a spokesman for the special team of prosecutors probing the affair. After this latest round of questioning wrapped up, the prosecutors were still undecided if they would once again request a warrant for the billionaire's arrest.

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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. A prolonged investigation into the latest political scandal could potentially derail succession plans at Samsung.

South Korea's special prosecutor has focused on Samsung Group's relationship with Park, accusing Lee in his capacity as Samsung chief of pledging 43 billion won to a business and organizations backed by Park's friend, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for support of a 2015 merger of two Samsung companies. "There is a possibility that any request made for an arrest warrant may be rejected, like the last time, unless there are new criminal charges", he said.

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Samsung has admitted giving $17.5 million in donations to Choi's foundations in December, but denied seeking favors in return. The corruption scandal led the Korean parliament to impeach Park and brought thousands of protesters to the streets in the past months.

Until then she remains formally president but stripped of her powers, which are handed to the prime minister, a presidential appointee.

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