The chairman of South Korea’s largest conglomerate Samsung, Lee Kun-hee, has
been charged with tax evasion and breach of trust.
The move follows a three-month investigation into allegations of corruption
into the firm, the BBC
Pais said the matter related to $114m worth of unpaid tax by Lee and nine
In a strongly-worded statement, prosecutors said Samsung had a lot of
‘structural problems’, including ‘illicit transfer of management control’.
‘It is the hope of our investigation team that this probe would serve as an
opportunity for Samsung to shed these problems and be reborn as an undisputed
ultra first-class global company,’ it said.
A Samsung statement said: ‘Taking this investigation as a new starting point,
Samsung is preparing reform plans based on various sectors of our society.’
The electronics giant and ship builder accounts for nearly a fifth of all
South Korean exports employing 754,000 staff worldwide and enjoying annual
profits of more than $14bn (£7bn).
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