Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (February 21, 2017)
1. Korea’s Constitutional Court clarifies that it will finalize the impeachment trial before the 13th of March. Despite President Park’s lawyer’s objections, the court refuses to accept more witnesses and evidence but delays setting the final hearing date to 22nd of this month.
To simply put, “shut up and impeach her” is the solution to the problem.
2. With the Constitutional Court’s final ruling heading toward a finish line, President Park Geun-hye who has been reluctant is expected to participate in the impeachment trial. Park’s legal representatives say, “the president appears for the court for herself and testifies what she knows.”
If Park is so confident like that, she should let special prosecutors interrogate her in person before appearing for the court.
3. The Financial Times says the arrest of Lee Jae-yong is an opportunity for South Korea. The arrest of the Samsung heir apparent can be seen as emblematic of the rot that penetrates into the nation’s political and corporate superstructure. It can also be seen as a shining example of independent council enforcing impartial rules in a fledgeling democracy.
Soon or later, people see a more shining example called “the impeachment of Park Geun-hye.”