The disgraceful episode may finally be coming to an end:
The family of disgraced former President Chun Doo-hwan have finally decided to pay the remainder of his massive fine for corruption in office, bringing to an end a 16-year staring contest with the authorities.
Chun still owes W167.2 billion (US$1=W1,086) of the W220.5 billion fine imposed by the Supreme Court in 1997 and has spent more than a decade living in luxury while claiming to be flat broke.
A lawyer representing the Chuns on Monday said the ex-president’s eldest son Jae-kook (54) will announce the payment plan at the Seoul Central Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday afternoon.
Couldn’t we just skip the fine and execute the guy as originally decided?
Chun is reportedly planning to sell his own house to pay the fine. I hope Baekdamsa still has a room for him.
The family plans to issue an apology soon for the 16-year delay, which will undoubtedly prove amusing.
Needless to say, there was much celebration at the Hankyoreh. Well, gloating, actually—they’re taking credit (and probably rightfully so) for the reporting that got him to pay.
What galls me the most about Chun is that the guy should have been grateful simply to be alive. In case anyone has forgotten, here’s the list of what he was convicted of:
Leading an Insurrection, Conspiracy to Commit Insurrection, Taking Part in an Insurrection, Illegal Troop Movement Orders, Dereliction of Duty During Martial Law, Murder of Superior Officers, Attempted Murder of Superior Officers, Murder of Subordinate Troops, Leading a Rebellion, Conspiracy to Commit Rebellion, Taking Part in a Rebellion, Murder for the Purpose of Rebellion, as well as assorted crimes relating to bribery.
Paying his fine was the very, very least he should have done to begin atoning for what he did. John Profumo spent the rest of his life cleaning toilets and doing charity work in the East End of London, and all he did was bang a floozy who was also banging a Soviet agent. I have no idea what Chun learned at Baekdamsa, but whatever it was, it clearly didn’t stick.