Samsung Exec. in trouble?
The boss of South Korea's Samsung Group has appeared before special prosecutors to be questioned over allegations of corruption at the firm. Lee Kun-hee, chairman of the company, the country's largest conglomerate, is being questioned in regard to an investigation that started in January.
Samsung is accused of operating a 200bn won ($215m; £108m) slush fund to bribe prosecutors, judges and civil servants. The company and Mr Lee continue to deny the accusations.
Samsung is a Giant company
The investigations started after the allegations were made by former Samsung lawyer Kim Yong-Chul. Prosecutors are due to end the investigations on 23 April, with the conclusions expected before the end of the month. Best-known for its electronics unit, Samsung is also one of the world's largest shipbuilders. It also has businesses in the financial, chemical and entertainment industries. With a global workforce of 754,000, it enjoys annual profits of more than $14bn.