A South Korean court will decide Friday whether Lee Jae-young, the heir-apparent to tech giant Samsung, is found guilty of corruption charges.

Lee, who was arrested in February, is the vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smartphone maker. He is accused of paying $36 million in bribes to entities run by Choi Soon-sil, a friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye, in return for political favors, according to the BBC.

Prosecutors are seeking a 12-year prison sentence for Lee.

Lee, 49, became the acting head of Samsung — which was founded by his grandfather — in 2014 after his father, Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack.

Lee has denied all allegations.

Contributing: Jane Onyanga-Omara