Samsung boss won’t face arrest, at least for now

Samsung boss won’t face arrest, at least for now

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Samsung boss won't face arrest, at least for now

Samsung just dodged a bullet… for a while, anyway. A South Korean court has dismissed a warrant to arrest the company’s Vice Chairman and de facto leader, Lee Jae-yong, in an investigation alleging that Samsung paid the President’s scandal-ridden confidant to illegally secure approval for a merger. There’s just not enough evidence to suggest that an arrest is needed, according to the judge. While this doesn’t guarantee that Lee is completely off the hook, he won’t have to worry about jail time in the foreseeable future.

It’s not certain whether or not prosecutors will try again — they’d likely have to establish a stronger link between Lee and the payments, assuming there is one, before giving it another try. Lee has always denied doing anything wrong.

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