On the 27th, the Seoul Central District Court dismissed the arrest warrant for Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung. Chang-hoon Yoo, chief judge in charge of warrants, said, “Considering the degree of need to guarantee the suspect’s right to defense and the degree of concern about destruction of evidence, it is difficult to say that there is a reason or need for detention of the suspect to the extent of excluding the principle of investigation without detention.” revealed. This was the first time in constitutional history that both the passage of the National Assembly’s motion to arrest the representative of the main opposition party and the interrogation of the suspect before arrest (examination of the substance of the warrant) were carried out.
Previously, the prosecution, which was investigating the suspicions of ‘Baekhyeon-dong development preferential treatment’ and ‘Ssangbangwool remittance to North Korea’, merged the two cases from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office Anti-Corruption Investigation Department 1 (Chief Prosecutor Eom Hee-jun) and requested an arrest warrant for CEO Lee on the 18th. The charges applied include breach of trust under the Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Economic Crimes, etc., third-party bribery under the Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Crimes, etc. (Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Crimes), violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act, and instigation of perjury.
Representative Lee was on the verge of arrest after the National Assembly passed the arrest motion, but he soon avoided arrest and is expected to return to his duties as soon as Chuseok. On this day, CEO Lee was released from the Seoul Detention Center in Uiwang, Gyeonggi Province, where he had been awaiting the results of the warrant, and returned to Seoul Green Hospital, where he is currently receiving recovery treatment due to a long-term fast.
After Representative Lee Jae-myung’s arrest warrant was dismissed, within the Democratic Party, pro-Myung (Lee Jae-myung) lawmakers raised their voices calling for the deviant votes to be identified and purged, while anti-Myung (non-Lee Jae-myung) and anti-Myung (Lee Jae-myung) groups expressed concern about Representative Lee’s judicial risk. As it remains the same, there are predictions that the conflict will intensify as people argue that protecting the party through voluntary resignation is the priority.
First of all, the Democratic Party’s Supreme Committee is expected to soon discuss the level of disciplinary action against the 30 or so people who are believed to have voted with the pro-Myung faction leadership. In the pro-Myung faction, the votes that passed the vote were defined as a ‘corrupt action’ and the real names of the target lawmakers were also mentioned. The Democratic National Innovation Council, a pro-Myeong faction outside the National Assembly, previously publicly demanded the departure of lawmakers Seol Hoon, Kim Jong-min, Lee Won-wook, Cho Eung-cheon, and Lee Sang-min. On the other hand, non-democratic circles are protesting that the Democratic Party is not a communist party and are demanding that Representative Lee resign voluntarily, regardless of whether he is arrested or not. The position is that Representative Lee himself should step down as he still poses harm to the party due to judicial risks, and at the same time, the party leadership should take responsibility for the uproar and resign en masse, and hasten the reform of the emergency response committee system.
The National Assembly voted on a motion to arrest Representative Lee at the plenary session on the 21st. 295 out of 298 members of the 21st National Assembly participated, and it was passed with 149 votes in favor, 136 against, 6 abstentions, and 4 invalid votes. The Democratic Party believes that among the 167 lawmakers (excluding Lee Jae-myung) who participated in the vote that day, at least 29 to as many as 40 voted in favor.
Chung Cheong-rae, a senior member of the Democratic Party’s Supreme Council, said at the party’s Supreme Council meeting on the 22nd, the day after the motion for Representative Lee’s arrest was passed, “Just as the people of my country sold out their country, the same party’s National Assembly members sold out their own party leader,” and “Prosecution dictatorship Yoon Seok-yeol “Playing a part in the regime’s efforts to eliminate political opponents and suppress the opposition party is an unacceptable act and we will take corresponding action,” he said. “Regardless of whether Representative Lee is arrested or not, the discord in the party will grow as the pro-Myung faction becomes more active and the ‘dance of the sword’ to drive out ‘those who deviate from the voting,’ including non-members, intensifies,” said a Democratic Party lawmaker who is not from the non-representative group. “Not only should the leadership in the National Assembly be held responsible for passing the arrest motion, but the party leadership, including the supreme committee members, should also ultimately take responsibility for failing to adopt the rejection as the party line and all should resign together,” he said. Another Democratic Party lawmaker also said, “For the time being, we have no choice but to leave it as is because it is the so-called ‘pro-name time’ when hard-core supporters are making loud voices.” Regarding the argument from some in the party that the passing votes should be searched and disciplined, it does not appear to be a normal situation. “He pointed out.
In the political world, it is believed that there is a high possibility that Representative Lee, who was on the verge of arrest, will return to maintain his position as party leader and strengthen the pro-Myung regime. In fact, Representative Lee said in a statement on the 22nd, the day after the National Assembly passed the motion for his arrest, “If we can bring all the capabilities of the party together, we will definitely win,” and “A more reformed Democratic Party, a more capable Democratic Party, and a more democratic party.” “I will do my best to become the Democratic Party,” he said, effectively maintaining his position as party leader.
Shin Yul, a professor of political science and diplomacy at Myongji University, said, “(Representative Lee) will return to the party due to the dismissal of the arrest warrant and will not leave alone those who tried to detain him. In this case, there is a possibility that the opposition party will be split due to continued judicial risks and the strengthening of the pro-Myung regime.” “There is,” he diagnosed먹튀검증. At the same time, he said, “If the Democratic Party gives up on this representative system and changes by forming a non-representative committee and appointing a neutral person, there is a possibility that the ruling party will be at a disadvantage ahead of the general election.”
With the dismissal of Representative Lee’s arrest warrant, the Democratic Party is expected to launch a counterattack against the People Power Party. It is highly likely that the conflict between the ruling and opposition parties will intensify starting with the National Assembly audit next month. If the standoff continues for a long time, there are concerns that the ruling and opposition parties may fail to reach agreement on major bills and budget bills during the regular session of the National Assembly within the year, leading to concerns that the National Assembly could become a “vegetable National Assembly.”
Kwon Chil-seung, chief spokesperson of the Democratic Party, said in a commentary that day, “The court’s dismissal of the arrest warrant (for Representative Lee) is a wake-up call to the prosecutorial dictatorship regime of Prosecutor Seok-yeol Yoon, who is bent on suppressing the opposition party and eliminating political opponents.” He added, “Now, it is a despicable exercise of prosecutorial power targeting Representative Lee.” “It is time to stop.”
He continued, “President Yoon should stop the tyranny of lack of communication, come before the people, bow his head in apology, and initiate personnel reform and a major change in the direction of state administration by resigning the entire cabinet.” He continued, “Inciting a ‘judicial risk’ that does not exist, he called the Democratic Party and Representative Lee ‘Bulletproof.’ “The People Power Party, which was busy labeling it as ‘, should also apologize,’ he demanded.
On the other hand, Kang Min-guk, senior spokesperson for the People Power Party, said in a commentary that day, “In the end, the court gave in to the bastards (Representative Lee’s strong supporters),” and “Today’s decision will always be remembered as a stain in that it was swayed by extreme supporters who blindly follow one politician.” “It will happen,” he criticized.
He pointed out, “What is even more concerning is that Representative Lee and the Democratic Party are now deceiving the public once again by acting as if they have been granted immunity,” and pointed out, “The prosecution must re-apply for a warrant again through reinforcement as soon as possible.”