Thursday, June 26, 2008

[The Hankyoreh, June 18 2008] Prosecution used as a political tool in the KBS case

Some lawyers criticize the summoning of Chung Yeon-ju due to suspicion of political motives

The presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, is using the prosecution as a tool to control society. Whenever socially or politically important incidents, such as the replacement of the KBS president, privatization of public companies and huge rallies for renegotiation on U.S. beef import rules occur, the prosecution resolves the situation in favor of the presidential office.

Many experts say that the case of questioning of the KBS president is one example where the prosecution have been used as a tool by the president, and that had been a familiar situation in the military backed government in the 1980s. The president of KBS Chung Yeon-ju was summoned rather quickly by prosecutors to be questioned about malpractice in the proceedings of a tax lawsuit with the National Tax Service.

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