» 01/05/2017, 12.26
Trial opens against President Park Geun-hye
MEPs: "She severely and profoundly violated the constitution". Her lawyer: "unjustly condemned, like Jesus or Socrates"
Seoul (AsiaNews) - Government MPs have accused the president Park Geun-hye of violating the constitution "severely and profoundly ". The Constitutional Court has begun to hear arguments concerning the allegations of extortion and abetting.
Lee Jeong-hwan, the president’s lawyer, said that the allegations "lack of evidence and have no legal effect" because based on assertions, media information and not criminal facts.
Seok Seo-gu, another of Park’s lawyers, said that the investigations against his client came after protests influenced and promoted by groups sympathetic to North Korea. Seo also accused of organizations that wrote about the scandal of demagoguery and he compared the injustice of the charges against Park to those leveled against Jesus Christ and Socrates.
After the National Assembly on December 9 last voted for the impeachment of Park, the Constitutional Court will now have to decide within six months whether to remove her permanently or reinstate her. If the Park is formally removed from office, elections will be held within 60 days. However the president has denied all the charges against her, saying that she complied faithfully with her presidential mandate and that she received only one simple advice from Choi.
Yesterday, Choi Soon-sil appeared before the Court of the Central District of the capital to defend herself against accusations of abuse of power and attempted fraud.
Even former assistants of the President, An Chong-bum and Jeong Ho-seong took part in the hearing, accused of collaboration with Choi. It was her first public appearance since she was arrested last year.
09/03/2017 10:02:00 SOUTH KOREA
Religious leaders ask Seoul to avoid conflicts and divisions after court's decision on Park impeachment
President of the Episcopal Conference: Avoid Disaster. The nation's constitutional rules are still healthy. Council of Korean Protestant churches: mature citizens to shape a better Korea. Buddhist: The verdict an occasion for the "revival of the peace" after the divisions of the past months. The Constitutional Court decides tomorrow at 11.
09/12/2016 09:40:00 SOUTH KOREA
South Korean parliament votes to impeach President Park Geun-hye
Members of her own party voted against her. Decision now rests with Constitutional Court. If ousted, Park would be the first South Korean president to undergo such a fate.
12/11/2016 11:42:00 SOUTH KOREA
Seoul, tens of thousands protest against Park: "Resign"
The largest mass demonstration since the 1990s, the third in a few days. Her relationship with Choi Soon-sil, the "Rasputin of Korea" under accusation. People have come from all over the country. A torchlight procession to the Blue House.
10/03/2017 09:37:00 SOUTH KOREA
The Constitutional Court confirms the removal of President Park
"She has betrayed the trust of the people and the Constitution." Two pro-Park supporters, were killed during a demonstration in front of the Court. Elections in May.
31/03/2017 10:06:00 SOUTH KOREA
Former President Park arrested for corruption
The decision by the Seoul Court after nine hours of hearing. Park is accused of corruption, abuse of authority and revelation of state secrets. She denies any wrongdoing. She is the third president to be imprisoned and risks a sentence of 10 years.
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium
The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.
18/05/2017 ASIA - VATICAN
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