SEOUL Attorneys for South Korean President Park Geun-hye accused 1 of the judges reviewing her impeachment of bias on Wednesday and questioned him to excuse himself, in a spectacular twist in a case engulfing customers of the political and small business elite.
The Constitutional Court turned down the ask for, drawing objections from the attorneys who have argued that parliament’s vote to impeach Park in December has no authorized justification.
Park’s attorneys reported 1 of the court’s eight judges, Kang Il-won, had constantly proven bias in his questioning of witnesses and had admitted questionable proof.
“If this judge participates in this case … it could harm the fairness of the trial, which is the foundation of our ask for to remove him,” a lawyer for Park, Cho Won-ryong, explained to the hearing.
“In accordance to our examination, Judge Kang mainly asks concerns to the defense’s witnesses,” Kim Pyung-woo, yet another lawyer for Park reported. “And his concerns for the defense witnesses normally start off with criticism.”
Park has not appeared before the court docket. It can not order her to look – she retains presidential immunity although in business office – and her attorneys have reported she has not resolved whether to go to.
The corruption scandal erupted late past year above accusations that Park colluded with a friend, Choi Quickly-sil, to strain significant organizations to donate to two foundations set up to back again the president’s coverage initiatives.
Park, 65, was impeached by parliament in December and she has been stripped of her powers although the Constitutional Court decides whether to uphold the impeachment.
The daughter of a previous military ruler, Park has denied wrongdoing, as has Choi.
If the impeachment is upheld, Park would turn into the very first democratically elected leader to be taken off from business office and a new election would have to be known as in 60 days to decide on a new leader for a complete 5-year expression.
The court docket says it would conclude oral arguments on Feb. 27. It has not reported when it would supply a verdict but according to previous exercise, a final decision could be predicted after about two weeks.
For the impeachment to stand, at the very least 6 of the eight judges will have to rule in its favor. The seat for the court’s ninth judge was vacated when its chief retired at the stop of January.
In a case connected to the scandal, the chief of South Korea’s greatest conglomerate, Samsung Team, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of bribing Park’s friend to obtain federal government favors.
Samsung and its chief, Jay Y. Lee, have denied wrongdoing.
(Composing by Jack Kim Editing by Robert Birsel)