Saturday, August 14, 2010

Korea: Almost 2,500 Pardons

The Korea Times reports President Lee Myung-bak has granted "special pardons" to more than 2,400 criminals including "politicians, public servants and businessmen." The pardons came in celebration of the 65th anniversary of Liberation Day. A Justice minister also said the pardon were "aimed at boosting social integration and unity, and resolving political conflicts." Among the more notable recipients: Roh Geon-pyeong, an elder brother of the late former President Roh Moo-hyun; Kim Won-ki, a former National Assembly speaker from the main opposition Democratic Party (DP); and Suh Chung-won, a former lawmaker and close aide to Park Geun-hye, the ex-chairwoman of the governing Grand National Party (GNP), Lee Hak-soo, former vice chairman of Samsung Electronics; Kim Jun-ki, former chairman of Dongbu Group; Yoo Sang-boo, former chairman of POSCO; and Park Kun-bae, former chairman of Haitai Group. The same minister said pardons were given to businessmen in order to "give them opportunities to contribute to society and create more jobs." Most of those pardoned were convicted of violating election-related laws during campaigns for the 2006 local polls and the 2007 presidential election. See story here.

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