SEOUL The head of South Korea’s Samsung Team, Jay Y. Lee, denies all charges in opposition to him, his lawyer stated on Thursday, at the start out of what the special prosecutor stated could be the “demo of the century” amid a political scandal that has rocked the region.
Lee has been charged with bribery, embezzlement and other offences in a corruption scandal that has already led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.
Lee, who is staying detained at Seoul Detention Centre, did not attend court docket. A defendant does not have to convert up all through a preparatory listening to, held to arrange proof and established dates for witness testimony.
The date of the subsequent listening to will be decided subsequent week.
Lee’s protection denied all charges in opposition to him on his behalf, saying that the special prosecution’s indictment cites conversations, proof or witnesses the prosecution did not actually listen to, examine or interview according to the guidelines – or states views that are not details.
“It is unclear what sort of purchase Lee Jae-yong is intended to have offered,” Song Wu-cheol, defending Lee, instructed the court docket, employing his Korean name.
“The indictment can not have statements that can make prejudices in the court docket about the case,” Song instructed reporters as he left court docket.
The Samsung Team has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
Between the charges in opposition to Lee, 48, are pledging bribes to a organization and corporations connected to a good friend of President Park, Choi Soon-sil, the female at the middle of the scandal, to cement his handle of the smartphones-to-biopharmaceuticals enterprise empire.
Legal professionals for defendants staying experimented with with Lee – previous Samsung Team Vice Chairman Choi Gee-sung, previous Samsung Team President Chang Choong-ki and previous Samsung Electronics President Park Sang-jin – also denied all charges.
The courtroom, seating much more than one hundred fifty, was packed with push and spectators with some who had waited in line considering that early morning to get a seat.
At one particular stage all through the listening to, which lasted about an hour, an aged female in the viewers began yelling and was dragged out by court docket officers. It was unclear what she was saying.
Laws appointing the special prosecutor states that the current lower court docket demo should really be completed within a few months of the indictment on Feb. 28.
“We are preparing tough, thinking that the upcoming Samsung demo … could be the demo of the century that the complete environment will be viewing,” special prosecutor Park Younger-soo instructed reporters final week.
President Park, daughter of a previous military services strongman, has had her powers suspended considering that her impeachment by parliament in December.
Should the Constitutional Court docket uphold the impeachment, she would come to be the country’s initially democratically elected president to be thrown out of workplace.
A decision is thanks on Friday.
(Reporting by Suyeong Lee Crafting by Joyce Lee Modifying by Nick Macfie)