Another Lawyer Steps Forward to Accuse Samsung of Bribery
Posted Nov 20, 2007 12:12 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A former legal adviser to South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun said in a statement released yesterday that he was once offered a bribe by Samsung. He is the second lawyer to accuse the company of bribery.
Lee Yong-chul said a Samsung executive gave him 5 million won—worth $5,445—as a holiday gift, the New York Times reports. He took photos before returning the money, which were released along with his statement at a press conference.
Lee was working as a presidential monitor against corruption. “I was outraged by Samsung’s brazenness, by its attempt to bribe a presidential aide in charge of fighting corruption,” he said.
His statement follows charges by the former chief lawyer for Samsung Group that the company kept a secret slush fund to bribe prosecutors and government officials. Samsung has denied the accusations.