Arrest warrant for Samsung's heir, and the impact it will bring
The latest developments in the investigation is raising concerns among Samsung's affiliates regarding its impact on the nation's economy.
To take a closer look at the possible repercussions reaching not just the corporate giant but the President herself, we turn to our Lee Unshin.
Samsung Electronics, the world's number-one smartphone maker, accounts for nearly 20-percent of Korea's gross domestic product.
So the independent counsel's request for an arrest warrant for vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, who's expected to one day take over formal leadership of the conglomerate,... came as unsettling news for many.
An official from the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, along with representatives of some Samsung affiliates, have urged the authorities to weigh the decision over Lee's arrest carefully,... claiming that his detention could have a major impact on the Korean economy.
Though the Seoul court won't announce a decision until Wednesday,... experts seem to be siding with the prosecution.
"Considering how the case has unfolded so far, the arrest warrant will be issued... unless the court decides to give Lee 'special treatment.' And furthermore, Samsung as a company is solid enough in terms of its structure,... so while Lee's detention could have a short-term effect, it won't be the determining factor in the company's future or the overall economy."
The accusations of bribery stem from payments Samsung made to entities controlled by Choi Soon-sil in return for help getting a controversial merger approved, which helped vice chairman Lee secure his future leadership of the group.
If a formal charge of bribery is brought against the vice chairman, it could also implicate President Park Geun-hye and her confidante Choi Soon-sil, both of whom are said to have benefited from bribery but have denied any wrongdoing with respect to the influence-peddling scandal.
"If Lee is arrested, it indicates the bribery charges are valid. And as one of the figures believed to have benefited from the bribery, the president will also face questions."