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Park scandal forcing rethink of cozy public-private ties

Klieg light on Samsung strikes fear into South Korea's biggest businesses

KENICHI YAMADA, Nikkei staff writer | South Korea

SEOUL -- The conglomerates known as chaebol are taking a second look at their historically close relationship with the South Korean government as prosecutors home in on arrested ex-President Park Geun-hye's ties to the Samsung group.

Park wore a stiff expression and looked blankly ahead while being driven to a detention center outside Seoul after her arrest early Friday. She is said to be held by herself in a cell of roughly 10 sq. meters -- more than 50% larger than a typical cell.

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