Employees walk past logos of Samsung Group at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. (Jang Se-young/Newsis via AP)
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South Korean prosecutors Wednesday raided offices of the Samsung Group and the state pension fund as the electronics giant is dragged further into a snowballing influence-peddling scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye.The raid comes as Samsung faces allegations it bribed Park's confidant Choi Soon-Sil to win state approval for a controversial merger it sought last year. A Samsung spokesman confirmed the visit by prosecutors but declined to elaborate.Choi has been formally indicted on charges of abuse of power and coercion.She is accused of leveraging her personal relationship with Park to coerce donations from big firms like Samsung to two non-profit foundations which was then used for Choi's personal gain.
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