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The Special Prosecutors' Office allege that Samsung Electronics spent 43 billion won ($36.4 million) to bribe Choi Soon-sil, a longtime friend of President Park Geun-hye, under the watch of Lee.
While most countries would have no problem locking a businessman up if they think he has committed a crime, South Korea has to factor in the economic impact the arrest will cause.
Also on Monday, the Constitutional Court held its fifth hearing of Park's impeachment trial where Choi appeared and denied any wrongdoing in her interactions with the president.
Samsung has acknowledged providing funds to the three institutions but has repeatedly denied accusations of lobbying to push through the merger. The outlet said Samsung made two more donations in the following months, becoming Choi's biggest contributor among local companies.
The announcement sent the share price of Samsung Electronics falling 2.14 percent, shaving billions off its market capitalisation.
Jay Y. Lee is the defacto head of the conglomerate, as he is the only son of chairman Lee Kun-hee, who is incapacitated.
Samsung allegedly donated funds to various entities controlled by Choi Soon-sil, the jailed secretive confidante of the president, including two non-profit foundations and a winter sports centre run by Choi's niece.
Patriots oust Texans, advance to another AFC title game
Time and again, Roethlisberger and the Steelers drove easily into the red zone and then had to settle for field goals. The list of quarterbacks who would have put the Texans in a better position to win, however, is a lengthy one.
The head of Samsung is also accused of embezzlement and perjury, according to the prosecution's application for an arrest warrant, Reuters reports.
Her daughter, 20-year-old Chung Yoo-ra, was arrested by Danish police early this month after she was sought by South Korean authorities.
The recent scandal focuses on Choi's close friendship to Park. "We are examining the related testimony and evidentiary materials to date and carefully considering the legal principles for the criminal acts in question", said team spokesperson Lee Gyu-cheol in a regular briefing on January 15.
The special prosecutors' office is seeking the arrest of following 22-straight-hours of questioning last week.
But prosecutors are accusing Lee and Samsung of making the payments to secure the National Pension Service's backing for the 2015 merger.
On December 9, Park was impeached after members of parliament voted (234 to 64) to suspend her powers.
Quarterback Alex Smith has thrown interceptions in his last three games , but needs to be turnover free in this one. Moving the game to the night affects schedules for the fans, the teams and NBC , which is broadcasting the game .
EIA estimates that natural gas as a source of fuel in utility-scale electricity generation beat coal for the first time in 2016. It is up some 11 per cent since the November 30 Opec agreement , the first such cut in eight years.
As a result, the Gophers' recruiting class, which ranked 77th in the nation before Fleck's hiring, has surged to 49th. Fleck and former LSU coach Les Miles both interviewed for Minnesota's vacant coaching job this week.
Or the 144 yards on 18 carries running back Le'Veon Bell logged in his first game back from National Football League suspension. Pittsburgh had five players selected to the Pro Bowl: OG David DeCastro, C Maurkice Pouncey, Roethlisberger Bell and Brown.
Then, we get at them. "We have to remember it is about us, to get our stuff together before we worry about other people". The way the Steelers defense ended the season wasn't a ringing endorsement that they have a handle on stopping the run.
Pandya was called to the point position from the point boundary, Kohli said fine. "I was glad I was out there with him". The Men in Blue are themselves on a good run, having beaten New Zealand 3-2 in a five-match series a year ago .
Serena Williams lost her No. 1 ranking to Angelique Kerber when she fell in the semifinals of the US Open to Karolina Pliskova. It is all a far cry from events past year , when Murray was torn between his title attempt and what was happening back home.
Ms Foster wanted to begin an investigation into the flawed renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme by the end of the week. McGuinness recently took a break from some of his duties because of an undisclosed illness.
Alluding to one of his favored metaphors for the presidency - a relay race - Obama said he was now ready to hand over the baton. Obama will return to his hometown of Chicago and will bid farewell to the nation at the McCormick Place convention.
The pass never got there as Clowney read the play and tipped the ball up in the air before coming down with the interception. Mario Edwards is dealing with an illness, while on the offensive side, left tackle Donald Penn has been declared out.
Even though he allowed four goals, USA goaltender Tyler Parsons made 46 saves and was a major cog in keeping the Americans in it. A bad line change allowed USA defenceman Charlie McAvoy to walk in alone and pick the top corner to cut Canada's lead in half.
Kerry to attend Mideast peace conference in Paris
We need to support the Palestinian people's right to self-determination and to stop Israel from becoming an apartheid state. Israel is protesting the Paris summit and has warned its attendees against setting out parameters for a two-state solution.
Windows 10 free upgrades are still unofficially available
There has been criticism about Microsoft's perceived heavy-handed data collection methods since Windows 10 was launched in 2015. Last month, we reported on the Windows Store forcing new drivers on you whenever they were available for a game you bought.
Finally A Winner — Toyota Camry
Front seats were redesigned to be more comfortable and supportive, and have a lower hip point that improves front road vision. Toyota said it wanted to produce a vehicle with an exterior that exhibits "attitude" and an interior that feels emotional.
Fifa Vote To Expand World Cup To 48 Teams
The format will not mean extra games for the tournament winners, however, as they will still play seven matches in total. The expanded tournament is expected to earn football's governing body an extra $1b (€950m) in sweet, sweet revenue.
Behind Rawls, Seahawks start to regain identity
He completed just 59.6 percent of his passes in the five games after he suffered the injury, with three touchdowns and five picks. Quarterback Matthew Stafford should be able to hit a few deep shots to the likes of Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and T.J.
Oil Prices Hover Near 17-Month High
Brent crude rose over 2 percent earlier on Tuesday, and is now trading up 1.81 percent at $57.85 per barrel. In November, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members agreed to the output cut.