Constitutional Court to hold first hearing in impeachment case on Thursday

February 15, 2020

Korea’s Constitutional Court will hold its
first preparatory hearing for the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on Thursday. It marks the beginning… of the second impeachment
trial in the country’s constitutional history. Legal teams representing President Park and
parliament will sort through key issues and evidence. Kim Hyesung reports. The Constitutional Court has announced that
it will hold its first preparatory hearing in the impeachment case against President
Park Geun-hye on Thursday afternoon. The annoucement comes less than two weeks
after Korea’s National Assembly passed a motion to impeach the president on December 9th,
in which it accuses the presdient of “extensive and serious violations of the Constitution
and the law.” The resolution lists 13 charges against Korea’s
first female leader — five constitutional violations and eight legal offenses, including
abuse of power, leaking classified information to her confidante Choi Soon-sil… and dereliction
of duty during the sinking of the Sewol-ho ferry in 2014. –
“At the hearing, President Park’s legal representatives and the plaintiff, or representatives from
the National Assembly, will officially meet for the first time and set out their respective
claims and points of contention.” Last Friday, President Park’s legal representatives
submitted a 24-page-long statement of defense against the impeachment resolution, saying
that the charges against her have no legal basis. After Thursday’s hearing, the Constitutional
Court’s nine judges, who are entrusted with ruling on the impeachment motion, are expected
to hold additional preparatory hearings before the trial begins. Kim Hyesung, Arirang News.

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