The group is already recovering from losses after the recall of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 device. Reports suggest that the group can face sanctions from overseas authorities if Lee is punished. Lee was already being held at a detention centre after appearing in court on Wednesday as judges took the call whether to issue an arrest warrant. The scandal centres around Choi Soon-Sil, who is accused of using her connections with Park forcing local firms to “donate” nearly $70 million to non-profit foundations. These “donations” were allegedly used bu Choi for personal gain. Samsung was the single biggest donor to the foundations. There are chances that an arrest warrant may be issued against for another Samsung executive over bribery charges.