Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., arrives for his trial at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 7, 2017. (Kim Jin-ah/Newsis via AP)
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The heir to the huge Samsung business empire appeared in court Friday at the start of his trial for embezzlement and perjury, part of a corruption scandal that brought down South Korea's president.Lee Jae-Yong, the vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics, was brought into the Seoul Central District Court bound and handcuffed. Lee, who was arrested in February, has been charged with paying nearly $40 million to the now-impeached president's close friend Choi Soon-Sil, allegedly as bribes to secure policy favors.One of the favors Lee allegedly sought from president Park was state approval for a controversial merger of two Samsung units in 2015, seen as a key step to ensure a smooth transfer of power to him.Lee has effectively been at the helm of Samsung since his father suffered a heart attack in 2014 .
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