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He pardoned them anyway

Despite pressure from incoming President Park Geun-hye, outgoing President Lee Myung-bak pardoned 55 people anyway this morning, including several close friends and allies.

My personal favorite recipient of this morning’s generosity is Choi See-Joong, the former chairman of the Korea Communications Commission who was convicted of bribery despite the crocodile tears. This is the same guy who awarded the Chosun Ilbo, Dong-A Ilbo, and JoongAng Ilbo cable TV stations and wanted to pass a cyber-defamation law following the “Minerva” case. In fact, where there’s been media policy-related controversy over the last five years, his name can often be found attached to it.

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  • que337

    You know, the emptied cells will be filled with the new guys, very soon.

  • RElgin

    Choi See-Joong was doing what Hanara/saenuri wanted done.

    I am simply waiting for LMBs moment in the spotlight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrisbacke Chris Backe

    How hard will it be to catch them again? I can’t believe PGH would be nearly as lenient…

  • KWillets

    “Still, the opposition party and some critics have raised suspicions that Park’s criticism is nothing but a political show aimed at aimed at shielding her from the backlash over the unpopular pardons.”

    That, and the fact that two consecutive NFP administrations will leave a serious deficit in the pardon-trade balance.

  • silver surfer

    10 to 1 PGH pardons her own cronies when she exits the presidency.

  • John from Daejeon

    It’s about the same as the U.S. giving South Korea/Samsung a pass on continuing to buy oil from Iran. I can only imagine the candlelight processions if the the shoe was on the other foot and the U.S. was helping to prop up the North under the table.

  • que337
  • RElgin

    . . . or the 1.2 billion USD that disappeared from frozen Iranian accounts, here in Korea?
    There is a lot of concealment going on, so . . .

  • RElgin

    The opposition is correct. The former KCC chairman did the work for Hanara/Saenuri so unless PGH is going to take some action, it is all posturing.

  • que337
  • http://profiles.google.com/dcmusicfreak DC Musicfreak

    You really see equivalence here?

  • Mike

    Like I commented in a previous post, the whole system is rotten, so there will be more sent to jail and then sprung eventually.

  • que337

    Not totally, but the scale is just amazing, that is equivalent to the entire population of Seoul.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    I do. Both pardoned criminals. In both cases, they should not have. In both cases the pardons will simply encourage more similar behavior.

  • que337

    Actually, I had 2mb and his men in mind. I thought they need rooms for themselves, which necessitated kicking out the already jailed.