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Samsung Heir Refuses to Testify at Former President's Trial

  • Lee says his lawyers advised him to refrain from testimony
  • Former Korean president Park was a no-show in court on Monday
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Samsung Electronics Co. heir Jay Y. Lee has refused to testify at the bribery trial of former President Park Geun-hye, arguing that doing so risked affecting his own corruption hearing.

Lawyers for the de-facto chief of the country’s largest corporation invoked an article in the criminal procedure act that allows individuals to refrain from testimony that may lead to criminal prosecution. Lee is undergoing a bribery trial of his own in connection with Park and his appearance on Monday would have marked their first encounter since an influence-peddling scandal that led to their arrests.