National Assembly to vote on arrest motion for lawmaker Lee Seok-ki
The ruling and opposition parties agreed to approve the arrest of leftist lawmaker Lee Seok-ki on Wednesday afternoon.
Parliamentary approval is required by law if prosecutors want to detain a lawmaker while the National Assembly is in session.
With that approval now granted, the court is expected to issue an arrest warrant for Lee.
The far-left lawmaker of the Unified Progressive Party, is accused of conspiring to stage an armed revolt and forming an anti-state organization called the "Revolutionary Organization" or "RO."
He allegedly discussed sabotaging the South Korean government and the U.S. military in Korea with members of the RO, if war were to break out with the North.
Before the vote, Representative Lee denied the allegations.
He told the assembly that he never conspired to rebel against the government and that the accusations are an effort to cover up an ongoing scandal surrounding the National Intelligence Service and its alleged meddling in last year's presidential election.
On top of the rebellion charges, Lee also faces a parliamentary investigation in an unrelated bribery scandal.
Lee has been on the list for evaluation by the parliamentary ethics committee since March for election corruption.
The two parties agreed to call the parliamentary ethics committee into session to review Lee's eligibility before the Chuseok holiday on September 19th.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
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