Lawyers campaign for Park submission

By Kim Bo-eun

The Korean Bar Association (KBA) is collecting signatures to urge the impeached President Park Geun-hye to accept the Constitutional Court’s ruling.

The lawyers’ association has been collecting signatures among its members but said it will expand the movement to the public with the aim of collecting 1 million.

The move follows Park’s response to the court ruling as she moved out of Cheong Wa Dae and into her private residence in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, Sunday.

Through her former spokesperson Min Kyung-wook, she said, “I believe the truth will reveal itself,” implying she did not commit any wrongdoings deserving impeachment.

Park’s supporters are also calling the impeachment invalid, and have vowed to continue their protests.

“The influence-peddling scandal involving Park and her confidant Choi Soon-sil has brought division and disorder,” the KBA’s new president Kim Hyun said in his inaugural speech, Monday.

“Only when law and order is equal for all and when people accept its consequences can there be hope.”

The KBA started the signature-collection drive urging for the Constitutional Court’s ruling on Park’s impeachment to be accepted _ regardless of its outcome _ on March 6, before the ruling was made.

Following the ruling, Friday, the KBA said in a statement, “The Constitutional Court’s ruling has reflected public sentiment, made clear its will to protect the Constitution and bears significance in that it was a unanimous ruling. We must all respect the court’s ruling and submit to it.”

The KBA will open the petition to the public soon.

“We will enable the public to provide their signatures on our website,” a KBA official said Tuesday.

“We aim to deliver the message that people want Park to respect the Constitutional Court’s ruling,” she said.

Criticism of Park is mounting over her response.

A coalition of student bodies at 20 universities from across the country held a press conference at Gwanghwamun Square, Monday, supporting an investigation of Park.

“Park’s impeachment is what the people wanted,” they said.

“Park, who is showing no signs of remorse and instead attempting to solidify her conservative supporters, must be arrested.”

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