LG executive charged over washing machine incident
A leading executive at electronics manufacturer LG has been charged with vandalising a number of high-spec washing machines designed by rival South Korean firm Samsung.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Jo Seong-jin - head of LG's home appliance division - was indicted by prosecutors in Seoul amid accusations that he damaged four of Samsung's Crystal Blue washing machines ahead of a trade show in Germany last September.
Samsung - which has declined to comment on the indictment - had accused LG executives of breaking the washing machines' doors. It was also revealed that two other LG executives had been indicted in connection with the same incident.
"It is questionable whether there is sufficient evidence to prove that the president of a global company deliberately destroyed the machines where employees of the competing company were present," said Ham Yoon-keun, a lawyer for Mr Jo.
Mr Jo was also charged with defamation and obstruction of business. He was barred from leaving South Korea after LG's offices were raided by prosecutors in December.