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Prosecutors questioned Samsung Electronics Co.’s vice chairman and heir apparent for about 22 hours in an influence-peddling probe that has reached the highest levels of government and business in South Korea.

Jay Y. Lee was released early Friday morning after appearing at the special prosecutor’s offices in central Seoul on Thursday. Investigators have said Lee, 48, is a suspect in their bribery investigation and that the charges may widen to include allegations of embezzlement and breach of duty. The scion of South Korea’s richest family has denied any wrongdoing; Samsung declined further comment.

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