Assembly Allows Arrest of Rep. Park Ki-Choon

Write : 2015-08-13 18:44:23 Update : 2015-08-13 18:47:52

Assembly Allows Arrest of Rep. Park Ki-Choon

The National Assembly on Thursday passed a motion to arrest opposition lawmaker Park Ki-choon over allegations of violating political fund regulations.

The Assembly held a plenary session and passed the motion 137 to 89 with five abstentions. Five votes were deemed invalid.

Park told his fellow lawmakers before the vote that he will take responsibility for all that has happened as a result of failing to thoroughly discipline himself and his family. He said he will not make excuses for the charge leveled against him.

During his tearful speech, Park again apologized and hoped that the parliament will not be criticized because of him. 

The three-term lawmaker who represented the Gyeonggi Province city of Namyangju served as floor leader and secretary general of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy.

After the government submitted a motion for his arrest to parliament on Monday, he left the party and declared that he would not run in the general election.

Earlier the prosecution requested an arrest warrant on charges that Park received valuables such as luxury watches and bags worth over 300 million won from a real estate distribution agency official from 2011 until recently. He's believed to have returned the items since the current controversy emerged.  

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