SEOUL A South Korean court docket stated on Friday it has reassigned Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee’s bribery demo to a different decide, adhering to concerns about the former judge’s connection to a lady Lee is accused of bribing.
A Seoul Central District Courtroom spokesman stated the circumstance had been reassigned adhering to a ask for from decide Lee Young-hoon, who presided more than the March nine pre-demo hearing for Jay Lee and 4 former and existing Samsung Group executives in what has been dubbed by some as the “demo of the century”.
The spokesman declined to comment on the motive for the reassignment.
But the conclusion comes a working day immediately after an opposition lawmaker accused Lee Young-hoon’s father-in-regulation of currently being a money sponsor for Choi Soon-sil, a confidant of former president Park Geun-hye and a central determine in the graft scandal that led to Park’s elimination from business and the Samsung chief’s indictment.
Park was dismissed as president by the Constitutional Courtroom on Friday last week and has been summoned by prosecution for questioning as a suspect in the graft investigation.
The distinctive prosecution workforce that indicted the Samsung chief accused Park of colluding with Choi to stress big enterprises to lead to non-revenue foundations backing her administration’s initiatives.
The court docket stated in a assertion to Reuters on Thursday that Lee Young-hoon’s father-in-regulation had denied the allegations and had not met or contacted Choi or her family considering the fact that the assassination of Park’s father, former president Park Chung-hee, in 1979.
Legal reps for Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman and director at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, could not be quickly arrived at for comment, and Samsung Electronics declined to comment.
Jay Y. Lee was indicted on Feb. 28 by a distinctive prosecution workforce on quite a few fees such as pledging 43 billion gained ($38.03 million) in bribes to a company and foundations backed by Choi to curry favor, and a verdict is needed within just three months of the indictment.
Jay Y. Lee and Samsung have denied wrongdoing.
(Reporting by Se Young Lee and Joyce Lee Modifying by Robert Birsel and Nick Macfie)