Another Samsung executive questioned in South Korean scandal

Another Samsung executive questioned in South Korean scandalSouth Korea's special prosecutor's office said on Friday it summoned a Samsung Electronics Co Ltd executive for questioning as it investigates a widening influence-peddling scandal that led to President Park Geun-hye impeachment, according to Reuters.

The office said it had summoned Executive Vice President Hwang Sung-soo for questioning at 2 p.m. (05:00 GMT) on Friday, adding he was classified as a witness. It did not elaborate.

Hwang is the fifth executive of Samsung Group, the country's top conglomerate, the prosecutor has summoned. Samsung Electronics is the flagship company of Samsung Group and is the world's top manufacturer of smartphones, memory chips and flat-screen televisions.

Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee and Vice Chairman Choi Gee-sung have been classified as suspects by the prosecution, which has been investigating whether the conglomerate paid bribes to Park's confidant, Choi Soon-sil, to win support from the National Pension Service for the 2015 merger of two Samsung Group affiliates.

Park was impeached last month by parliament over allegations that she allowed her friend, Choi, to exert inappropriate influence over state affairs.

The prosecution suffered a blow on Thursday when a Seoul court denied its request for an arrest warrant against Lee.

Earlier on Friday, the special prosecution said it was mulling whether to make another arrest warrant request for the 48-year-old Samsung chief. While the prosecution has said it would not seek arrest warrants for other Samsung executives, the office's spokesman said that position could change.
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