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.)