(UDHAYAM, SOUTH KOREA) – A Court in South Korea has refused a request by prosecutors to issue an arrest warrant for Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong, who has been accused of bribery, embezzlement and perjury.
It ruled that there was insufficient reason to arrest him.
He was later seen leaving the Seoul detention centre where he had been awaiting the ruling.
The allegations were part of a corruption scandal which led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye.
Mr Lee had been waiting for the ruling for more than 12 hours, since a hearing on Wednesday.