Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (February 2, 2017)
1. Park Han-chul, the president of the Constitutional Court of Korea, said in his retirement speech that the whole nation knows that the impeachment trial should be finalized as soon as possible. He also added that the members of the Constitutional Court should become a guardian of the constitution by strictly judging whether the president violated the constitutional law or not.
The court should finalize the impeachment trial promptly so the country can move on.
2. Pundits argue that President Park Geun-hye’s confession including Choi Soon-sil’s access to presidential speech in a televised address alone can virtually impeach the president. Korean Constitutional Law Association organized a debate called ‘The issue of substantive law about the impeachment trial’ and announced that the reason why the president should be impeached clearly stated that Park breaches the constitutional law which can expel the president.
Well, well. That is exactly what I am talking about. I know that she seriously violates the law even though I am not a constitutional scholar.
3. There is circumstantial evidence that Woo Byung-woo, the former presidential secretary for civil affairs, was interfered with the human resource process as a massive number of high-level officials in the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism were demoted last year. Special prosecutors called the related people during the lunar year holiday and obtained testimony from them.
Woo said, “I don’t know. This is not true. I don’t remember.” Special prosecutors will have to arrest him to teach him.