LG executive hits back over washing machine row
An executive at South Korean electronics manufacturer LG has insisted he did not sabotage high-tech washing machines designed by rival firm Samsung.
Jo Seong-jin and two other LG employees were recently indicted by prosecutors in Seoul after being accused of vandalism. The charges relate to an incident at a trade show in Germany last September, when Samsung washing machines were allegedly damaged.
Samsung claims that surveillance cameras caught several men - later identified as LG executives - damaging the washing machines' doors. However, LG has since released edited footage showing Mr Jo merely opening and closing them.
"There were many people around besides those I was on this business trip with, and Samsung workers were looking on right next to us," Mr Jo said. "They would not have stood by had I deliberately damaged a washing machine."
The two companies are arch rivals, and just last week four Samsung Display workers were indicted following allegations that they had illegally obtained information on LG television technology from an LG contractor.