Incumbent lawmaker grilled by spy agency for sedition charges
Investigators have been grilling leftist lawmaker Lee Seok-ki at the headquarters of the National Intelligence Service since the early hours of Friday morning.
The investigation is centered on the anti-state organization called the Revolutionary Organization, or RO, which reportedly consists of 1-hundred-30 members.
NIS officials are now attempting to find out when the RO was formed and what its mission is.
The spy agency has accused Lee of conspiring to stage a revolt with members of the RO, based on audio recordings the spy agency says it has of a meeting between members of the RO back in May.
The NIS says Lee was planning to disrupt South Korean systems, including communication lines, railways and other key infrastructure, in the event of a war with North Korea.
The spy agency has until September 14th to question Lee.
Once the period comes to an end, the case will be handed over to the prosecution, which will have 20 days to decide whether Lee should be indicted.
Lee pleaded his innocence at his warrant examination hearing Thursday and accused the NIS of fabricating the allegations against him.
Meanwhile, the main political parties are at odds over whether to expel Lee from the National Assembly.
The ruling Saenuri Party has presented expulsion motion for Lee Seok-ki to the parliamentary ethics committee Friday afternoon.
The main opposition Democratic Party, however, is taking a more cautious stance, saying the party should wait to file the motion until Lee is in fact indicted.
The motion requires at least two-thirds approval from the 300-member National Assembly.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
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