Is it ‘Daejang-dong Special Prosecutor’s Expansion’ or ‘Double Special Prosecutor’?

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With the opposition and opposition parties 100 days before the presidential election, they entered into a full-scale negotiation phase over the introduction of a special prosecutor involving influential presidential candidates. This is because Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung announced his intention to accept the Daejang-dong special prosecutor without conditions, and Yoon Seok-yeol, the presidential candidate for People’s Strength, suggested accepting a separate special prosecutor’s office to investigate the allegations of accusation in which he was implicated. There is a huge difference in the positions of the ruling and opposition parties on major issues for the introduction of the special prosecutor. The Democratic Party is demanding an “extended version of the Daejang-dong Special Prosecutor’s Office,” which puts suspicions about Yoon’s 2011 Busan Savings Bank loan corruption investigation into the target of the Daejang-dong special prosecutor’s investigation. The People’s Power opposes this and is proposing a ‘double special prosecutor’ that includes the investigation into the allegation of the accused who is being investigated by the Office of Public Investigation for High-Level Public Officials. As this is the first special prosecutor to target presidential candidates directly, it is expected that there will be a close battle between the ruling and opposition parties over the scope of the investigation, the special prosecutor’s recommendation method, and the duration of the investigation.

The biggest confrontation between the ruling and opposition parties that started over the introduction of the special prosecutor is beginning with the subject and scope of the special prosecutor’s investigation. While accepting the Daejang-dong special prosecutor’s office, the Democratic Party insists that candidate Yoon’s investigation into the 2011 Busan Savings Bank loan corruption case should be included. In 2009, Jo Mo, a relative of Busan Savings Bank Group Chairman Park Yeon-ho and an accountant Jeong Young-hak’s college junior, received about 1 billion won in exchange for arranging a loan of 115.5 billion won from Busan Savings Bank in 2009, but was not prosecuted. At that time, the Cho’s lawyer appointed former special prosecutor Park Young-soo as his lawyer through the introduction of Mr. Based on this, the Democratic Party argues that candidate Yoon’s involvement in the Daejang-dong incident is suspected. For the Democratic Party, it is interpreted that it was used as an opportunity to prove Lee’s innocence, while at the same time aiming at the effect of dispersing the risk of large bowel movements. We expect a counterattack effect on Candidate Yoon.

The people’s power draws a line saying “typical water riding”. In addition to the Daejang-dong Special Prosecutor’s Office, the High-ranking Public Investigation Office (Public Investigation Office) is proposing to conduct a ‘double special prosecution’ by attaching another special prosecutor to investigate the allegations of accusation by the ‘Prosecutor Yoon Seok-yeol’ under investigation. If only the Daejang-dong special prosecutor can be launched before the presidential election, it is safe to investigate the allegations of the alleged accuser in which they are involved. It is interpreted as a calculation to gain profits by attacking the allegations related to large-scale movement of candidate Lee, whom public opinion is most interested in, even at the cost of a small loss.

Even with the special prosecutor’s recommendation method and the special prosecutor’s ‘form’ with a lengthy investigation period, the positions of the opposition parties are parallel. The People’s Power insists on a ‘general special prosecutor’ through individual legislation for each special prosecutor, while the Democratic Party prefers a ‘permanent special prosecutor’, which is possible even with the current law.

In September, the People’s Power proposed the special prosecutor’s bill on suspicion of Daejang-dong as a party argument. According to this bill, the special prosecutor is appointed by the president after the Korean Bar Association (Bar Association) recommends four times the number of candidates for the special prosecutor and narrows them down to two by agreement of the opposition and opposition parties.

The Democratic Party insists on applying the Permanent Special Prosecution Act mutatis mutandis. According to the Permanent Special Prosecution Act, if the Special Prosecutor’s Nomination Committee recommends two candidates, the president appoints one. The Special Prosecutor Candidate Recommendation Committee consists of seven members, two each recommended by the Democratic Party and the People’s Power. There are many analyzes that the power of the people in the case of the general special prosecutor and the influence of the ruling party in the case of the permanent special prosecutor can act relatively more.

The duration of the investigation is also an issue. This is because the difference between the general special prosecutor and the permanent special prosecutor leads to differences in the investigation period and the number of dispatched prosecutors. The People’s Power Special Prosecutor’s Office can have up to 30 dispatched prosecutors, but the number of permanent special prosecutors is limited to five. The investigation period is longer than the Permanent Special Prosecutor’s Office (60 days + 30 days extension possible) in the People’s Power Plan (can be extended up to 30 days in the first 70 days).

In the case of the previous special prosecutor, until the special prosecutor is appointed and the investigation is completed, a maximum of 110 days are given, including 20 days of preparation, 60 days of investigation, and 30 days of extended investigation if necessary. Even if the opposition and opposition parties reach an agreement quickly, there is a forecast that it may not be easy for the investigation results to come out before the election. This is the reason why the struggle between the opposition and opposition parties is inevitably the most intense over which special prosecutor’s sword is in the hand and when to start the investigation.

Since these issues are intertwined, the debate between the opposition parties is difficult from the start. Due to the nature of the special prosecutor’s investigation, which does not know where it will go, it is evident that both the ruling and opposition parties are burdened with reaching an agreement.

The Democratic Party publicly announced on the 18th that Lee would accept the special prosecutor without any conditions, but since then, it is unlikely that he will appear voluntarily at the actual negotiating table. “As the results of the prosecution’s investigation are coming out soon, we should discuss the details of the special prosecutor based on it,” said a Democratic Party floor official. Considering the fact that the arrest period for key suspects, including Hwacheon Daiyu’s major shareholder Manbae Kim and lawyer Nam Wook, will expire and the indictment will be on the 22nd, it is judged that it is necessary to wait until the beginning of this week to see the results of the prosecution’s investigation. Although Lee chose to break through head-to-head, there are also voices from some in the party that he should consider delaying the introduction of the special prosecutor as much as possible in order to be less affected by the presidential election, as this is an issue with a bad public opinion.

The People’s Power plans to hold a meeting between the ruling and opposition parties to negotiate the special prosecutor’s law this week. Kim Ki-hyeon, floor leader of the floor, said in a phone call that day, “The ruling party offered to discuss it, but there was no reply. “I can’t wait forever,” he criticized. People’s Power plans to ask the Democratic Party to hold a meeting between the ruling and opposition parties on the 22nd if the Democratic Party continues to not answer. An official from the party’s leadership said, “From our point of view, Lee himself has to push the offensive when he said he would receive an unconditional special prosecutor. “This week the offensive will be stronger,” he said.

Ahn Cheol-soo, chairman of the People’s Party, also proposed to both the opposition and opposition parties to accept a ‘double special prosecutor’, saying, “What will happen to our country if the president he took is elected and undeniable evidence suddenly emerges during his tenure?” .

Is it 'Daejang-dong Special Prosecutor's Expansion' or 'Double Special Prosecutor'?

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