Choi, who is on trial for influence peddling, allegedly used her connections to have the national pension fund support the merger in July 2015. The outlet said Samsung made two more donations in the following months, becoming Choi’s biggest contributor among local companies.
Lee was summoned for questioning on Thursday. Samsung has reportedly confirmed having made contributions to the firm and two foundations run by the president’s confidante but denied they had anything to do with the merger.
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