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Moon orders investigation into military proposal to crack down on protests against ex-leader Park

All Headlines 10:26 July 10, 2018

NEW DELHI, July 10 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in has ordered the launch of a special, independent investigation into allegations that the top military intelligence unit may have proposed an armed crackdown on peaceful candlelight vigils last year, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Tuesday.

The order follows recent reports that the Defense Security Command had proposed declaring martial law in the midst of the candlelight vigils that eventually led to the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye, who is now facing criminal trial over corruption and abuse of power.

"President Moon Jae-in has ordered Defense Minister Song Young-moo to form an independent investigation team to swiftly and fairly investigate the allegation that the Defense Security Command had created a document that proposed considering declaring martial law," Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

The president is currently in New Delhi for a four-day state visit that began Sunday.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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