Lee's legal team has claimed Samsung had been extorted into making donations to the foundations that Choi Soon-sil, President Park's decades-long friend, used for personal gains. Lee Jae-yong was not named, implying that he will stay on as de-facto chairman during the upcoming trial.
Samsung's Lee, who was arrested earlier this month over his alleged role in the scandal, told lawmakers last December that he would abolish the group's future strategy office, which has come under criticism regarding the scandal.
The other executives to be charged are Samsung Group vice chairman Choi Gee-sung, president Chang Choong-ki and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd president Park Sang-jin and executive vice president Hwang Sung-soo, the spokesman said.
Specifically, Samsung execs under Lee's direction are thought by prosecutors to have donated $37.6m to one of Park's advisors, with the understanding that regulators would then approve Samsung's 2015 merger with Cheil Industries. Lee and other Samsung executives have denied the accusations. This wraps up the team's three-month probe into the massive influence-peddling scandal that has angered South Koreans, leading to weekly anti-president street protests.
Shortly after prosecutors announced that five Samsung executives would stand trial, Samsung issued a statement laying out a list of measures in an apparent gesture to reform the problems that have emerged as the scandal unfolded, including disbanding a shadowy office.
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Though the company will not be impacted short-term, Lee's arrest has already led to the dismantling of Samsung's corporate strategy office, a key nerve center allegedly responsible for major initiatives such as investment in new businesses.
The indictment will detail private conversations between Lee and the country's president, who has been impeached and is awaiting a court ruling on whether she can lose her immunity to prosecution.
Prosecutors in South Korea say they have charged Samsung group chief Jay Y. Lee with bribery and embezzlement. To give itself more time to recover from the Galaxy Note 7 meltdown, Samsung has also chosen to not unveil its new flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress this year.
FILE - In this January 18, 2017, file photo, Lee Jae-yong, front, a vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co. arrives for the hearing at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea.
Others that were indicted include political operatives like a former presidential aide and several academics accused of smoothing over the admission to a university of Choi Soon-sil's daughter.