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Samsung heir Lee's trial on fraud charges begins in Seoul

Vice chairman is charged with market manipulation and accounting fraud

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong is the de facto head of South Korea's largest conglomerate.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- The trial of Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong on charges of accounting fraud and market manipulation began on Thursday in Seoul.

The proceedings began with prosecutors and attorneys meeting in the Seoul Central District Court to discuss the trial schedule and lay out their respective positions on the case. Lee himself did not attend.

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