Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee, leaves the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, February 16, 2017. Picture taken on February 16, 2017. Shin Wong-soo/News1 via REUTERS
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Prosecutors have up to 10 days to indict Lee, Samsung's third-generation leader, although they can seek an extension.No decision had been made on whether Lee's arrest would be contested or whether bail would be sought, a spokeswoman for Samsung Group said.Samsung and Lee have denied wrongdoing in the case.One employee at Samsung Electronics' chip division said colleagues were unsettled that prosecutors had singled-out Samsung.Prosecutors have focused on Samsung's relationship with Park, 65, accusing the group of paying bribes totaling 43 billion won ($37.74 million) to organizations linked to Choi to secure government backing for the controversial 2015 merger of two Samsung units, a deal that was seen as key to smoothing Lee's succession.In the meantime, Park remains in office but stripped of her powers.Her would-be successors praised the decision to arrest Lee.
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