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Parliamentary advisory panel recommends expulsion of 3 lawmakers for misconduct

Politics 17:36 January 05, 2022

SEOUL, Jan. 5 (Yonhap) -- A parliamentary ethics advisory panel decided Wednesday to recommend the National Assembly expel three lawmakers for misconduct, including Rep. Youn Mee-hyang accused of embezzling funds raised for victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery.

Rep. Park Duk-hyum of the main opposition People Power Party was referred to the ethics committee over allegations of helping his family-run company win a lucrative construction order from an institution subject to his audit.

In addition, Rep. Lee Sang-jik was referred to the committee for failing to sell off or put under blind trust shares that his children held of the budget airline Eastar Jet. Lee is the founder of the low-cost air carrier.

It remains unclear, however, whether the three lawmakers will ultimately be expelled as the level of disciplinary measures against them can be reduced or rejected as the recommendation goes through the ethics committee and a plenary session of the Assembly.

This photo shows lawmakers facing possible expulsion from the Assembly following a parliamentary subcommittee's recommendation on Jan. 5, 2022. From left are Rep. Youn Mee-hyang, Rep. Lee Sang-jik and Rep. Park Duk-hyum. (Yonhap)


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