Court Rules Kim Young-ran Anticorruption Law Constitutional

Write : 2016-07-28 15:25:28 Update : 2016-09-27 16:38:46

Court Rules Kim Young-ran Anticorruption Law Constitutional

The Constitutional Court has found that the anticorruption Kim Young-ran law is legal.

The court on Thursday rendered its final judgment on the disputed law, which makes it illegal for public officials, reporters and teachers to receive a gift worth over 50-thousand won, or some 45 U.S. dollars, from those related to their jobs.

Seven justices of the nine member court said in the ruling that the wide scope of the law is reasonable given the public nature of education and journalism, and that the freedom of journalism and private education will not be infringed on by the enactment.

On the controversial clause that calls for reporting spouses' receiving of illicit gifts, five justices said the law is justified in preventing the earning of undue items through husbands and wives.
The ruling paves the way for the law to go into effect as planned on September 28th.

Under the law, public officials, journalists as well as staff and board members of private schools will be banned from receiving money or valuables worth more than one million won, or roughly 850 U.S. dollars, from those unrelated to their jobs. 

Receiving a meal worth more than 30-thousand won, or a gift of over 50-thousand won, from those related to their work will be subject to fines.

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