By Associated Press
South Korean prosecutors say they will indict Samsung’s de facto chief on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye.
A special prosecution team says the indictment of Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong will come later Tuesday.
Lee allegedly hid assets overseas, concealed proceeds from criminal activities and committed perjury. The 48-year-old billionaire was arrested Feb. 17. Samsung has denied wrongdoing.
Prosecutors say the Samsung heir gave bribes worth $36 million to Park and her confidante to help win government support for a smooth company leadership transition.
Others indicted include Culture Minister Cho Yoonsun and Park’s former chief of staff Kim Ki-choon, over suspicions that they blacklisted thousands of artists deemed unfriendly to Park’s government and denied them state support.