At final hearing of four-month trial, firm’s acting head Lee Jae-yong denies trying to seek political favours from Park Geun-hye

Prosecutors in South Korea have demanded a 12-year prison sentence for the acting head of Samsung over his alleged role in a bribery and corruption scandal that toppled the country’s former president Park Geun-hye.

Speaking at the final hearing in his four-month trial at Seoul central district court on Monday, Lee Jae-yong fought back tears as he denied trying to seek political favours from Park in exchange for making large donations to foundations run by her close friend and confidante Choi Soon-sil.

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