Sunday, November 28

Chun Doo-hwan’s last road without commemorative citizens… “I will not go to the national cemetery” will

Vinso, Sinchon Severance Hospital… reporters only
Citizens who watched the news said, “You’re still alive”

On the morning of the 23rd, when former President Chun Doo-hwan died, the forensic investigation team enters his home in Yeonhui-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. Yonhap News

“He was still alive.” “It reminds me of the drama <5 Republics>.”

The funeral hall of Severance Hospital in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul on the morning of the 23rd. Citizens who watched the news on mobile raised their voices. Seeing the reporters who had encamped with dozens of people, some people were surprised, saying, “What’s going on?” On the news screen turned on by citizens, names such as ‘Chun Doo-hwan’ and ‘Jang Se-dong’ were written.

This morning, Chun Doo-hwan died at his home. Min Jeong-gi, a close aide to the former Blue House, officially announced the death of Jeon in front of his home in Yeonhui-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. According to him, Jeon collapsed in the bathroom at home around 8:45 a.m. that day and could not get up. It is said that Lee Soon-ja, the wife of the Jeon family, who was at the home at the time, did not have time to contact each other.

Those who had a relationship with Chun while he was alive rushed to their home on the morning of the news of Chun’s death. Former 3rd Field Army commander Koh Myung-seung, former general Yoo-rang, and lawyers Lee Yang-woo and Jeong Ju-gyo were all close to the former clan, Min said. Se-dong Jang, who was called the ‘right arm’ of Mr. Jeon, and Father Woong-jin Oh, the former head of the safety planning department, were also seen entering the house. Former secretary Min said, “Other people have been contacting me, and they are telling me to come to the mortuary when the mortuary is ready.”

Chun’s body was transported to the hospital this afternoon. The mortuary will be set up at Severance Hospital in Sinchon, which is close to his home. Min said he would be able to move the body around 4 p.m. that day. In front of Chun’s home and Severance Hospital emergency room and funeral home, dozens of reporters are waiting to cover the death of Chun.

After the news of Jeon’s death became known, no citizens were seen looking around the house until now. Only one citizen, a citizen claiming the innocence of Mr. Chun, stood in front of his house for a long time. Yu Gi-han (78) from Dongdaemun-gu, who wrote an article to the effect that Chun had nothing to do with the suppression of the May 18 Democratization Movement, gave one to the reporters in front of his house.

Former secretary Min responded sensitively to questions from reporters related to the May 18 Democratization Movement. When asked by reporters, “Did Chun Doo-hwan leave any words to the victims of the May 18 Democratization Movement and their bereaved families before his death?”, he raised his voice, saying, “The question itself is wrong.” He said, “The meaning of the question is, didn’t[Chun]actually command the airborne unit in Gwangju at the time and give the order to fire, apologize?” He said. How did you command the group and how you ordered the mass shooting to whom? Then, you ask if it is true or not, and if you ask him to apologize for that, then ask him to apologize unconditionally, so that would be a question.”

He said, “Even in the Criminal Procedure Act, if you want to ask for a crime, you have to ask for a specific time and place, but to apologize in a vague way doesn’t it mean that the old master held someone and said, ‘You know your sin, so tell me this truth’” said Regarding the victims of the May 18 Democratization Movement and their bereaved families, he said, “I have already said such (apologies). Do you?” he asked.

Chun’s burial place has not been decided yet. Former lawmaker Lee Yong-taek, who visited Jeon’s home, met with reporters and delivered his will, saying, “I will not go to the national cemetery.”

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