SEOUL, September 27 – South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung escaped arrest today. After the court rejected a request to issue an arrest warrant against him on several corruption charges.
Yonhap News Agency reported that the Seoul Central District Court decided not to issue an arrest warrant for Mr. E. After investigating Mr. The head of the Democratic Party or DP also attended the hearing. The judge stated that it was difficult to find evidence and it was necessary to detain him. There is little risk that Mr Lee will destroy evidence because he is a public figure.
Mr. Lee is accused of accepting bribes related to the company he is suspected of sending bribes. For illegally transferring $8 million to North Korea, Mr. Lee, 58, was also charged, and that negligence in his duties led to a $15 million loss to a Seongnam-owned company when he was mayor of that city. Last week, the public prosecutor asked the court to issue an arrest warrant for Mr. Lee. He is a former candidate for the presidency of South Korea, while a few days later the National Assembly, in which the opposition parties enjoy a majority, overturned expectations by voting to withdraw Mr. Lee’s privileges as a member of Parliament. Which opened the way for his arrest.
Nabi denies all accusations. He said during Tuesday’s session that he felt like the enemy of the whole world. He thanked the court for being a last resort to uphold human rights principles, but Justice Minister Han Dong-hun said: The investigation into Mr. Lee’s crimes will continue. The court’s decision not to arrest him does not mean that he is innocent. – Thai News Agency
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