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>> Samsung leader Jay Y Lee marched into his courtroom hearing on Wednesday morning and his next stop could be jail. The billionaire businessman has a long day ahead of him, waiting on a South Korean judge to decide if he should be arrested for his role in a sweeping corruption scandal.
That decision could come well past midnight. Prosecutors want Lee arrested on charges of bribery, embezzlement and false testimony. They say he paid more than $36 million to organizations linked to Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of disgraced President Park Geun-hye at the center of the scandal, in exchange for political favors.
Lee was grilled by investigators for 22 hours straight last week and denies any wrongdoing. On Tuesday prosecutors said they wouldn't seek arrest warrants for three other Samsung group executives, that decision based on damage limitation for the company. Lee's vast empire makes up 17% of South Korea's economy, meaning a problem for Samsung is a problem for the country.