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S. Korea court reassigns Samsung case

Reuters SEOUL (Reuters) — A South Korean court said Friday it has reassigned Samsung Group chief Lee Jae Yong’s bribery trial to another judge, following questions about the previous judge’s connection to a woman Lee is accused of bribing.

A Seoul Central District Court spokesman said the case had been reassigned following a request from judge Lee Young Hoon, who presided over the March 9 pre-trial hearing for Lee Jae Yong and four former and current Samsung Group executives in what has been dubbed by some as the “trial of the century.”

The spokesman declined to comment on the reason for the reassignment.

But the decision comes a day after an opposition lawmaker accused Lee Young Hoon’s father-in-law of being a financial sponsor for Choi Soon Sil, a confidant of former president Park Geun-hye and a central figure in the graft scandal that led to Park’s removal from office and the Samsung chief’s indictment.

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