Prosecutors are seeking a warrant to arrest Lee as part of the President Park Sang-jin bribery scandal.
Lee and the Samsung have denied doing anything wrong and President Park was already bribed when they got there.
A Seoul court said on Tuesday it would hold a hearing to decide on the prosecution’s request for warrants to arrest Jay Y. Lee and Samsung and other charges.
This is a second go for the prosecutors to arrest Lee as so far there had not been enough to have him arrested. South Korea is always reluctant to arrest the bosses of its super companies claiming that there was an economic impact from locking up CEO’s.
Jay’s old man was convicted and imprisoned for a while on similar charges until he was officially pardoned so that he could go back and make lots of money for Samsung and South Korea. It is fairly likely that Jay will get an automatic get out of jail free card even if he is convicted.