Three lawmakers detained overnight on corruption charges
This is the first time in almost a year that incumbent legislators were arrested since Lee Seok-ki, a member of the minor United Progressive Party, had been on charges of plotting treason.
Those lawmakers to whom the courts in Seoul and Incheon issued arrest warrants are Reps. Kim Jae-yun of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) and Cho Hyun-yong and Park Sang-eun of the ruling Saenuri Party. The courts denied the prosecutors’ request to arrest the other two NPAD Reps. Shin Geh-ryoon and Shin Hak-yong, who both had denied their charges earlier.
The surprise arrest came hours after the Seoul Central District Court and the Incheon District Court called them in for a warrant hearing.
Those five lawmakers earlier Thursday played cat-and-mouse with the detectives dispatched by the prosecution to evade the questioning at the court in a vain attempt to play for time until a “bulletproof” session of the legislature began at midnight. They eventually reversed their position to voluntarily appear at courts.
BY SEO JI-EUN [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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