Parliament begins deliberation procedures over leftist lawmaker's arrest
The ongoing criminal probe surrounding leftist lawmaker Lee Seok-ki took center stage on the opening day of the National Assembly's 100-day regular session.
During the first plenary session on Monday, lawmakers read a bill requesting approval for Lee's arrest and officially launched deliberation procedures over the matter.
Lee, a member of the Unified Progressive Party and allegedly pro-North Korea, has thrown Korea's political arena into a new turmoil for allegedly plotting to stage a rebellion against the current government.
According to current law, a bill can be put to a vote between 24 and 72 hours after being read at a plenary session.
Both the ruling and opposition parties look set to hold the vote on Wednesday, after spending Tuesday holding internal discussions.
But with the main opposition Democractic Party reportedly agreeing to go along with the arrest bill, it is highly likely to gain parliamentary approval.
If the bill does pass,.. it will be submitted to the court after being reviewed by the Justice Ministry and the Prosecutors' Office.
The far-left 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 nation's spy agency reportedly has 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.
Lee still denies the charges against him.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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