CONFLICTS

South Korean prosecutors to indict Samsung's de facto chief

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, June 23, 2015, file photo, Lee Jae-yong, vice president of Samsung Electronics Co., bites his lips during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors say they will indict Lee on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, June 23, 2015, file photo, Lee Jae-yong, vice president of Samsung Electronics Co., bites his lips during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors say they will indict Lee on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, Lee Jae-yong, front, a vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co. arrives for the hearing at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors say they will indict Lee on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, Lee Jae-yong, front, a vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co. arrives for the hearing at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors say they will indict Lee on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, file photo, The corporate logo of Samsung Electronics Co. is seen at its shop in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors say they will indict Samsung's de facto chief LeeJae-yong on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, file photo, The corporate logo of Samsung Electronics Co. is seen at its shop in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors say they will indict Samsung's de facto chief LeeJae-yong on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)  (The Associated Press)

South Korean prosecutors say they will indict Samsung's de facto chief on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye.

A special prosecution team says the indictment of Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong will come later Tuesday.

Lee allegedly hid assets overseas, concealed proceeds from criminal activities and committed perjury. The 48-year-old billionaire was arrested Feb. 17. Samsung has denied wrongdoing.

Prosecutors say the Samsung heir gave bribes worth $36 million to Park and her confidante to help win government support for a smooth company leadership transition.

Others indicted include Culture Minister Cho Yoonsun and Park's former chief of staff Kim Ki-choon, over suspicions that they blacklisted thousands of artists deemed unfriendly to Park's government and denied them state support.