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Seoul court hears request for second arrest warrant for Samsung heir apparent Updated: 2017-02-16 12:58:59 KST

The fate of Lee Jae-yong, the heir apparent of Samsung Group, is now in the hands of a Seoul court, which is deliberating over whether to grant the independent counsel's request for a second arrest warrant.
In filing for the warrant on Tuesday, the counsel expanded the charges against Lee to include diverting assets overseas and concealing the gains from a criminal act.
That's on top of the original charges of bribery, embezzlement and perjury the team filed against Lee with its first arrest warrant request that was rejected last month.
The Korean tech giant is suspected of having given nearly 38 million U.S. dollars to entities controlled by Choi, in exchange for support for a controversial merger of two Samsung affiliates, deemed critical to finalizing Lee's succession to the top of Samsung Group.
The court is expected to rule tonight or early tomorrow.

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