Park refuses order to testify in Samsung heir’s trial

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SEOUL: South Korea’s disgraced former president Park Geun-Hye on Wednesday again refused to testify in the corruption trial of the heir to the Samsung business empire, citing poor health. For the second time in a fortnight Park rejected a court order to give evidence in the case of Lee Jae-Yong, the vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics. Lee is accused of bribery, corruption, perjury and other offenses stemming from a wide-ranging scandal that saw Park herself impeached and arrested. Four other Samsung executives have also been charged. Park, now in the Seoul detention center and on trial separately, has been complaining of exhaustion and a toe injury that has left her limping slightly. Defense lawyers say her hectic trial schedule—which forces her to appear in court four days per week for up to 10 hours—coupled with confinement during sultry weather, have taken a toll on her health.

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