The Wall Street Journal: South Korea seeks to arrest Samsung heir in widening corruption scandal

SEOUL—South Korean prosecutors sought an arrest warrant Monday for Lee Jae-yong, the heir to the Samsung conglomerate, ensnaring the leader of the world’s largest smartphone maker in the country’s widening corruption scandal.

Lee’s arrest warrant, accusing him of bribery and embezzlement, must be approved by a South Korean court. It would allow the specially appointed prosecutors to continue their investigation while Lee is detained. Formal charges and an indictment would follow. A South Korean court will hold a hearing Wednesday to approve or reject Lee’s arrest.

The arrest warrant for Lee is the latest development in a political corruption scandal that has rocked South Korea and has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

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