A former vice chairman of Samsung Group has testified in a court statement that the tech giant paid litigation costs for former President Lee Myung-bak in return for the expected special pardon of the group’s chairman Lee Kun-hee. 

The statement by Lee Hak-soo was disclosed by the prosecution during a hearing of former President Lee's ongoing corruption trial on Tuesday.

In the statement, Lee said that Samsung paid legal fees for ex-President Lee related to the case on the auto parts firm DAS with the expectation that Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee would be granted a special pardon for tax evasion.

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