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Korean lawmakers pass bill to probe Samsung scandal

Posted: 27 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Samsung scandal? independent probe? Korean lawmakers?

The Korean National Assembly Nov. 22 passed a bill to initiate an independent inquiry into the alleged bribery practices of Samsung Group, according to the Yanhop News Agency.

The bill seeks to launch an investigation on the alleged bribery of prosecutors and other government officials by Samsung. It will also delve into suspicions that the company made illicit campaign donations during the 2002 presidential race.

South Korea's opposition party Grand National Party has accused President Roh Moo-hyun of accepting a "congratulatory" payoff from Samsung following his appointment. Roh's office, which has hinted it could veto the bill, has dispelled the accusations as groundless and expressed concern that having an independent counsel could conflict with the ongoing investigation by prosecutors.

The bribery allegations broke out when Samsung's former chief lawyer Kim Yong-chul came out on national TV and accused its former employer of regularly bribing prosecutors, lawmakers, judges, officials and journalists. Samsung has denied the allegations and is filing a countersuit against Kim for slander.




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