The Constitutional Court will deliver its
ruling on whether to disband Korea′s minor opposition Unified Progressive Party on Friday.
The left-wing party has been accused of violating South Korea′s constitutional order and of
trying to instigate a rebellion against the South Korean government.
The accusations date back to last year, when UPP lawmaker Lee Seok-ki and three other party
members were arrested on charges of plotting to topple the government and blow up major
facilities in the event of war with North Korea.
However, some lawmakers from the opposition parties are urging the court to refrain from
disbanding the UPP,… saying it would go against the principles of democracy.
They are also calling on the court to deliver a fair ruling and not be swayed by political
pressure. Last month, UPP chief Lee Jung-hee delivered
her closing arguments saying the party had no affiliation whatsoever with Pyongyang and
the government was guilty of political suppression.