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Another Lawyer Steps Forward to Accuse Samsung of Bribery

Posted Nov 20, 2007 12:12 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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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.

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