National Assembly passes arrest motion for lawmaker Lee Seok-ki
"The arrest motion for lawmaker Lee Seok-ki has been passed."
The National Assembly voted in overwhelming majority to allow leftist lawmaker Lee Seok-ki to be stripped from parliamentary immunity on Wednesday afternoon.
Out of the 2-hundred-89 lawmakers, 2-hundred-58 voted in favor of approving an arrest warrant for Lee, and only 14 voted against.
Parliamentary approval is required by law if prosecutors want to detain a lawmaker while the National Assembly is in session.
The far-left lawmaker of the Unified Progressive Party is accused of conspiring to stage an armed revolt and of 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.
With that approval now granted, the court is scheduled to review Lee's arrest warrant on Thursday morning.
Both the ruling and opposition parties are calling for a prompt investigation.
"We voted with a determination to strengthen the foothold and basic order of our country."
"We hope that the investigation and the trial will be based only on the truth and proof."
Ahead of the vote, Representative Lee denied the allegations and told the assembly that he never conspired to rebel against the government.
"The National Intelligence Service has used conservative media groups to carry out a witch hunt against me. If the National Assembly goes along with the government's fabrication of this conspiracy scandal, it will serve as a stain in history that can never be removed."
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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