Democratic Party Urges President Yoon to Accept Special Counsel Probe into Marine's Death

The opposition Democratic Party is demanding a special prosecutor investigation into a Marine's death, alleging interference by the presidential office and former defense minister. This political clash highlights concerns over potential abuse of power.

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Shivani Chauhan
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Democratic Party Urges President Yoon to Accept Special Counsel Probe into Marine's Death

Democratic Party Urges President Yoon to Accept Special Counsel Probe into Marine's Death

The main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) is calling on President Yoon Suk Yeol to accept a special prosecutor investigation into the death of a young Marine, Cpl. Chae Su-geun, last July.

The DPK believes the presidential office and former Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup were involved in interfering with the military's investigation into Chae's death.

DPK leader Cho Kuk has demanded that President Yoon accept not only the special counsel probe into Chae's case, but also a separate investigation into allegations involving first lady Kim Keon Hee. Cho made these demands as part of 10 requests he said Yoon should carry out in line with public sentiment revealed in the recent parliamentary elections, where the DPK achieved a resounding victory over Yoon's People Power Party.

The DPK argues that if Yoon and his ruling party do not cooperate with the parliamentary passage of a special prosecutor investigation, it would go against the will of the people expressed in the general elections. "The first step Yoon should take for change is to cooperate with the parliamentary passage of a special prosecutor investigation into the case," the DPK stated.

Former Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup is currently under investigation for allegedly exerting external pressure on the military probe into Chae's death. The DPK has also raised suspicions that the presidential office was involved in the interference, specifically mentioning presidential secretary Lee Shi-won.

Why this matters: The push for a special counsel investigation into the Marine's death has become a key political issue in South Korea, with the opposition using its electoral victory to pressure President Yoon. The case raises questions about potential abuse of power and interference in military investigations by top government officials.

DPK leader Cho Kuk has proposed that opposition leader Lee Jae-Myung hold a meeting with all opposition party leaders to gather opinions before meeting with President Yoon this week. As Yoon faces increasing pressure to seek cooperation with the opposition bloc after his party's defeat, the Marine's death investigation is likely to remain a central point of contention between the president and the DPK-led opposition.

Key Takeaways

  • DPK demands special prosecutor probe into Marine's death, alleging interference by presidential office
  • DPK also seeks an investigation into allegations involving First Lady Kim Keon Hee
  • DPK argues Yoon must cooperate with the parliamentary passage of a special prosecutor investigation
  • Former Defense Minister under investigation for exerting pressure on military probe into Marine's death
  • DPK leader proposes an opposition meeting before meeting with President Yoon on the issue