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South Korean investigators to again summon Samsung heir
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors investigating the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye said Sunday that they plan to summon Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong again as they look into bribery allegations between Park and the country's largest business group.
Lee, the billionaire vice chairman of technology giant Samsung Electronics, will be summoned along with two other group officials on Monday morning, said Lee Kyu-chul, the spokesman of the prosecution team.
Investigators had sought to arrest Lee when they summoned him last month, but a court ruled there wasn't enough evidence to justify Lee's arrest at that point.
Investigators will question Lee over new findings they made in the past few weeks and may consider requesting an arrest warrant for him again, said the prosecution spokesman. The investigators also want to question Park in person, but have yet to agree with her office on how and when to do it.
On Friday, prosecutors filed a lawsuit against the presidential Blue House to try to force Park's aides to stop blocking searches of her compound. They tried to enter the Blue House with a court-issued warrant to collect evidence earlier this month, but Park's aides turned them away, citing a law that can block searches of sites containing state secrets.
Samsung is suspected of providing tens of millions of dollars in money and favors to Park and her jailed friend Choi Soon-sil in exchange for government support of a controversial merger deal between two Samsung affiliates in 2015. The merger helped Lee promote a father-to-son transfer of leadership and wealth at the group.
Moon Hyung-pyo, the country's former health minister, has been indicted on charges that he pressured the National Pension Service to support the merger even though the fund's stake in one of the companies lost an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars in value.
Heineken expands production, buys into local top brewer in Vietnam
As Heineken considers Vietnam a vital driver for its business growth in Asia-Pacific, the Dutch beverage giant is trying to grasp more market share. Heineken in July took over a facility from rival Carlsberg in the southern port city of Vung Tau in an attempt to boost its brewing capacity to satisfy the thirst of local drinkers who, according to Euromonitor International, are expected to consume more than 4.04 billion liters of beer this year, the most in the region and up from 3.88 billion… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Cambodia arrests Chinese, Taiwanese suspected of telecoms extortion
Cambodia has arrested 27 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals on suspicion of operating a telecoms extortion ring to defraud victims in China, officials said on Tuesday. Cambodia has deported more than 200 Chinese nationals since November in a crackdown on internet and telecoms scams. Beijing is battling a fast growing industry in telecoms fraud that has cost billions of dollars in financial losses and driven some victims to suicide. Chinese and Cambodian authorities have coordinated to uncover… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Bodies, debris found in search for missing Myanmar aircraft
Bodies and aircraft debris were found in the sea off the southern coast of Myanmar on Thursday by a navy ship searching for a military plane which went missing with 122 soldiers, family members and crew on board. Three bodies, including two adults and a child, were found some 35 km (22 miles) from the southern coastal town of Launglon, the military said in a statement on its official Facebook page. A plane wheel, two life jackets and some bags with clothes - believed to be from the missing… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Proposal to make alcohol firms pay health tax
Vietnam now ranks second in Southeast Asia, 10th in Asia and 29th in the world in terms of the alcohol consumption This is among contents mentioned in a draft law on alcohol that the Ministry of Health is finalising for submission to the National Assembly. Under the draft law, the Ministry of Health considers the establishment of the public health improvement fund. The fund would be based on compulsory financial contributions from alcohol and tobacco importers and producers as well as… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Hanoi offers free Wi-Fi around Hoan Kiem Lake next month
Twenty-one hotspots are being installed around Hoan Kiem Lake as Hanoi prepares to launch its free public Wi-Fi service in the area on Sep. 1, an official has said. Visitors to the lake, a well known tourist destination, will be able to roam using the free Wi-Fi hotspots as of Sep. 1, Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted the official from the Hanoi Information and Communication Department as saying. Users, however, will need to log in again after every 30 minutes to continue using the service, he said.… chat_bubble_outline Read More...