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Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong arrested in bribery probe

The heir of South Korean company Samsung has been arrested

as part of an investigation into corruption and influence-peddling that caused President Park Geun-hye to be impeached. The Seoul Central District Court's decision on Friday to issue a warrant to arrest Lee Jae-yong, 48, makes him the first leader in Samsung's history to be arrested on criminal charges. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and son of the Samsung group head Lee Kun-hee, is accused of paying nearly $40m in bribes to Park's secret confidante to secure policy favours. "It is acknowledged that it is necessary to arrest [Lee] in light of a newly added criminal charge and new evidence," a court spokesman said in a statement on Friday. He was already being held at a detention centre after appearing in court on Thursday as judges deliberated whether to issue an arrest warrant. Samsung is South Korea's largest business group and its revenue is equivalent to about a fifth of the country's GDP.