Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for UPP lawmaker Lee Seok-ki
The National Intelligence Service has uncovered what could be one of the country's most serious political crimes in modern history.
Prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Lee Seok-ki of the minor opposition Unified Progressive Party and three other party members, on charges of plotting a rebellion and violating the National Security Law.
Lee denies the charges.
Since parliamentary approval is required to arrest a lawmaker during a National Assembly session, the matter will likely be put on a vote as early as next week when the Assembly's regular session opens on Monday.
The left-leaning lawmaker has been accused of conspiring with members of a secret organization called the "Revolutionary Organization," or "RO," in May, to blow up major infrastructure in the nation, such as communications centers and oil storage tanks, police stations and armories.
A tape-recording obtained by the spy agency reportedly shows Lee and RO members discussing detailed ways to sabotage the South Korean government and U.S. troops in the event of an inter-Korean war.
According to a transcript of the recording, Lee also urged the organization's members to prepare a political and military war to topple the South Korean government, adding that it would be an honor to take a leading role in "the revolution for reunification."
A discussion about "war preparation" follows Lee's comments.
One of the arrested party official says they had access to information on the internet about how to make home-made bombs and even guns to arm themselves.
In response to the revelations, the UPP held a press conference Friday morning, and said the transcript was completely "fabricated and distorted."
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News.
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