Chun Doo-hwan, who was convicted in the first trial on charges of defamation against the late Father Jovio, is leaving the court after receiving the third trial of the appeals trial held at the Gwangju District Court on the afternoon of August 9, last year. Kyunghyang Newspaper file photo
Chun Doo-hwan’s funeral is expected to be held as a family funeral home. Criticism that he was responsible for the December 12 military coup and the 5.18 Gwangju Democratization Movement massacre is overwhelmingly high, so there is no possibility that the government will decide the head of the state. Burials in national cemeteries are also prohibited under the current law.
On the 23rd, Min Jeong-ki, former Blue House secretary of the Jeon family, told reporters in front of the Jeon’s home in Yeonhui-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, “(Chun)’s funeral will be held at Severance Hospital, and (Yoo Hae) will be cremated.”
There is little chance that the government will decide the head of state apart from the will of the bereaved family. According to the National Heads of State Act, the head of state is a former or current president or president-elect, a person who has made a remarkable contribution to the nation or society and is admired by the people. After deliberation by the State Council on the recommendation of the Minister of the Interior and Safety, the president decides whether to head the country.
The Ministry of Security and Public Administration has not decided whether or not to propose the head of state, but the possibility is low. This is because Chun is the main cause of the military coup and bloody suppression of the May 18th Democratization Movement. Earlier last month, when the Ministry of Public Administration and Security announced that former President Roh Tae-woo was appointed as the head of state, he said, “After the election through a direct election system, I have contributed to northern policies such as the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement.” At the time, Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom said at a cabinet meeting, “He (Chun Doo-hwan) has a different weight of responsibility for the incident (from former President Roh).” Lee Cheol-hee, senior presidential secretary for political affairs, said in an interview with CBS Radio on the 28th of last month, “Ex-President Roh and former Presidents are completely different cases. .
Prime Minister Kim met with reporters at the Jeonbuk Provincial Office on the same day and said, “I can’t help but worry about the public opinion of the whole community.” There is a nail on it,” he said. Prime Minister Kim said, “Then we can arrange it that way.”
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs said on the same day, “Ex-President Chun Doo-hwan was excluded from the burial of the national cemetery. The Ministry of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Affairs said, “According to Article 5, Paragraph 4 of the National Cemetery Act, if a person is sentenced to imprisonment for a crime that falls under Article 79, Paragraph 1, Item 2, etc. of the Act on the Courtesy and Support for Persons of National Merit, etc., they are excluded from the subject of burial in national cemeteries.” he explained.
Article 79 of the Act on Courtesy and Support for Persons of National Merit, etc., specifies the subjects not covered by the Act. According to the law, if a person is sentenced to imprisonment without prison labor or heavier punishment for violating the National Security Act and the sentence is confirmed, or if a person is sentenced to imprisonment or heavier punishment for rebellion, etc.