South Korean prosecutors entered the offices of Samsung in a search for evidence that the country's biggest company illegally provided gifts for a President Park Geun-hye confidante at the center of an influence-peddling investigation.
A spokesman at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office confirmed that prosecutors entered Samsung Electronics' headquarters south of Seoul at 6:40 a.m., declining to give further details of the size of investigation and whether the examination is still ongoing. A Samsung Group spokeswoman declined to comment.
Yonhap News earlier reported, without citing anyone, that the offices were raided and Samsung is suspected of providing 3.5 billion won ($3 million) to a company owned by Choi Soon-sil to fund equestrian training in Germany for her daughter. Choi is a confidante of Park, who is at the center of an influence-peddling investigation.