Samsung chief appears for 2nd round of questions in graft probe

Lee is suspected of providing financial assistance to President Park's longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil, who is at the center of the presidential scandal and now is in custody, and making donations to two nonprofit foundations Choi controlled in return for getting help in the 2015 merger of two Samsung affiliates.

"I will faithfully tell the truth during the special prosecutors' (interrogation) today as well", Lee told reporters as he arrived at the building, surrounded by dozens of reporters, protesters and police officers.

Last month, special prosecution officials questioned Mr Lee, 48, for more than 22 hours straight, but a court rejected a warrant to arrest him. A Seoul court rejected prosecutors' requests to arrest Lee on January 19, saying there wasn't enough evidence to keep Lee in jail based on the facts presented about alleged payments and other charges. "Whether or not we will retry the arrest of Lee will be determined after [Monday's] questioning session", investigation team spokesman Lee Kyu-chul said, as quoted by the Korea Herald newspaper.

Lee Jae-Yong, Samsung Electronics vice chairman and the son of the Samsung group boss Lee Kun-Hee, has been quizzed several times over his alleged role in the scandal that has rocked the nation.

The special prosecutors have been intensifying the probe with their investigation deadline slated for February 28.

South Korea's special prosecutor said its investigation team would again summon Samsung Group scion Jay Y. Lee on Monday to question him on suspicion of bribery, as part of its investigation into a political corruption scandal.

  • Leroy Wright