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South Korean investigators seek arrest of Samsung heir again

Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, gets into a car to leaves the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. South Korean prosecutors are attempting for a second time to arrest Lee, Samsung's de facto leader, who faces bribery allegations in connection with a massive political scandal. (Lee Sang-hack/Yonhap via AP)

Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, gets into a car to leaves the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. South Korean prosecutors are attempting for a second time to arrest Lee, Samsung's de facto leader, who faces bribery allegations in connection with a massive political scandal. (Lee Sang-hack/Yonhap via AP)  (The Associated Press)

South Korean prosecutors are attempting for a second time to arrest Samsung's de facto leader, who faces bribery allegations in connection with a massive political scandal.

Special prosecutors investigating the influence-peddling scandal that led to the president's impeachment said Tuesday they have asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman of Samsung Electronics. They also are seeking an arrest warrant for Samsung Electronics president Park Sang-jin.

This is the second attempt by prosecutors to arrest Lee, the heir to the Samsung Group. Last month, a court said there was not enough evidence to justify Lee's arrest at that point.

Lee has denied allegations that he bribed President Park Geun-hye and her long-time friend to win government backing for a controversial merger.