involvement in a bribery scandal seems to be getting clearer after a former legal adviser to President Roh Moo-hyun said that Samsung had once offered him a cash bribe.
Lee Yong-chul, who also served as a Presidential Monitor against corruption, was reportedly offered $5,445.00. The money was delivered to him in January 2004 as a holiday gift from a Samsung Electronics executive, but he claims that he immediately returned it.
While Samsung might deny involvement, Lee took the precaution of taking a few pictures of the cash as it was released to the news media on Monday. Lee said he was outraged by Samsung’s brazenness of trying to bribe a Presidential aide in charge of fighting corruption.
Samsung Electronics said it was trying to find out the facts surrounding these allegations.