≡ (Report) 17th Anti-Government Rally Takes Place In Gwanghwamun
Concerned citizens and civic activists have once again gathered in downtown Seoul to demand President Park step down immediately to take responsibility for the nationwide corruption scandal that’s crippling state affairs.
Ron Chang reports from Gwanghwamun.
The rally, the 17th of its kind, comes three days before special prosecutors have to wrap up their investigation into the Choi Soon-sil scandal.
Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people of all ages and from all walks of life, including college students, office workers, and housewives, are voicing their opinions on the president.
They are also calling on the Constitutional Court to make its decision on the president’s impeachment early.
Some banners read ‘President Park Resign Immediately,’ while others say ‘Extend the Probe’ and ‘Hwang Kyo-ahn Government Step Down.’
Similar to other weeks, it’s a festive atmosphere, with families with children taking to the streets to watch performances and snack on street food.
Once the sunsets, a candlelight vigil will be held here followed by a march towards Cheong Wa Dae, the Constitutional Court and the offices of major conglomerates.
Counter rallies are also being held down the street at Seoul Plaza ? a barricade made up of police buses has been set up between the rallies to prevent any clashes.
Pro-Park supporters are waving Korean and American flags and calling for the president’s impeachment to be nullified.
Both rallies are expected to continue late into the night.
Ron Chang, eFM News. ■
≡ Choi Soon-Sil Being Questioned By Special Prosecutors
Choi Soon-sil is being grilled by special prosecutors after showing up at their office earlier today.
Investigators will likely focus their questioning on allegations surrounding her assets in the country.
Choi is suspected of illegally possessing assets under borrowed names and concealing them.
Once its investigation term ends, the probe team plans to reveal the details regarding the assets accumulated by Choi, her family and close aides.
Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong has also been re-summoned for a fourth round of questioning since his arrest. ■[2017.02.25]
≡ Park's Lawyers Argue 8-Member Court Is Grounds For Re-Trial
President Park Geun-hye's legal representatives have argued that an 8-member bench constitutes grounds for a re-trial in the Constitutional Court's review of the president's impeachment.
Park's lawyers claim that it is illegal for the court to make a ruling without having all 9 justices, urging for a suspension of the impeachment trial until acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn appoints a new justice.
The parliamentary impeachment committee, however, has refuted the claims, arguing that the Constitutional Court Act only requires the presence of at least 7 justices for a trial. ■[2017.02.25]
≡ Malaysia Gov't Sends Official Document To North Korean Embassy
Amid intensifying diplomatic spat between North Korea and Malaysia over the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of the regime's leader, the Malaysian foreign ministry has sent documents to the North Korean embassy in the country.
There are speculations that the paper was delivered to get the cooperation of the embassy to interview it's second secretary, Hyon Kwang-song, who is one of the three North Korean men wanted by the police.
However, the North Korean Embassy and the man who have delivered the document remained silent about the content of it.
The Malaysian police also sent earlier an official paper requesting to interview Hyon and Air Koryo employee Kim Uk-il, which the embassy has yet to respond.■