Temperature rising as PGH takes aim at LMB

Park Geun-hye’s transition team decided to ratchet up the pressure against Lee Myeong-bak administration to convince them not to go forward with the rumored pardons of LMB’s cronies who are in prison for bribery. Jo Yoon-seon, the spokesman for the transition team, stated in a press conference that the president-elect believes that “going forward with the pardon is an abuse of the presidential authority endowed by the people, and is against the people’s will.”

Lee Myeong-bak is expected to pardon approximately 50 prisoners tomorrow. The list includes three New Frontier Party heavy hitters, but also apparently includes the protesters involved in the Yongsan fire incident and Park Yeon-cha (who bribed Roh Moo-hyun and his family.)

  • Adams-awry

    Pardons: Possibly the worst tradition Koreans borrowed from Americans (after circumcision).

  • http://www.gofundme.com/1k98a8 Jakgani

    Doesn’t the USA do the same thing?

    Is it written into the constitution that the outgoing presidents are allowed to pardon any bribing, corrupt, scum criminal they wish to?

    Glad this doesn’t happen in my country.

  • will.i.aint

    I don’t have particularly strong feelings about pardoning the white collar criminals. Whether they do two years in the clink….or three years….or four years….does it really make that much difference? Either way, their reputations are sufficiently smeared for life.

    However, the people involved in the Yongsan fire incident could have (did?) seriously harmed – dare I say killed – perfectly innocent people who just happened to be driving/walking along HanGangNo with the Molotov cocktails they were launching out into the street and the projectiles they were firing off with high powered slingshots. I think those people deserve to stay in jail for a long time.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    As far as I’m concerned, they should all remain in jail for the duration of their sentence. Those white-collar criminals caused considerable damage to the country and should be made an example of. The corruption needs to stop.

  • brier

    The pardons making the headlines seem to be about bribery. In my lesser moments it occurs to me that
    crime might pay in Korea. For those being freed, it certainly has.