One of South Korea's richest men is now in custody. Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong faces charges including bribery and perjury in a case that is bringing down the country's economic and political elite.
Choi Soon-sil, the friend of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, has been sentenced to three years in jail. She was accused of using her presidential ties to get her daughter into Ewha Women's University.
The heir to the Samsung group, Lee Jae-yong, has been formally arrested on allegations of bribery, perjury and embezzlement. Prosecutors have ten days to indict the de facto head of South Korea's biggest company.
Supporters of disgraced former President Park Geun-hye have rallied outside a Seoul court as her corruption trial got underway. Park, who was impeached in December, is also charged with extortion and abuse of power.
Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-Yong has been under investigation for bribery and embezzlement. The scandal already caused the impeachment of President Park-Geun-hye.
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