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Saving Han Myeong-sook

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By Park Moo-jong

On Aug. 25, 2015, about 150 people, including several lawmakers of the then opposition party, held a "ceremony" to see off a convict going to jail to serve her two-year prison term in front of the Seoul Detention Center.

They shouted "Han Myeong-sook is not guilty." Han, a former prime minister under the government of the late President Roh Moo-hyun, was holding a Bible and a bunch of lilies, a symbolic flower of purity, and wearing a black dress.

The Supreme Court had found her guilty of bribery in a unanimous judgment by all 13 justices in a final appeal hearing, upholding the Seoul High Court's verdict against the then 71-year-old lawmaker from the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), led by Moon Jae-in, now President of the Republic of Korea.

"I am wearing black today because the judiciary justice (of this nation) died. I am innocent," she told her supporters and walked into the prison as if she were a "democracy fighter" against a dictatorial and police state.

The judiciary system of the nation, governed by law, found the lawmaker guilty of having accepted dirty money from a businessman (now dead) in her prime minister's office through five-year-long hearings and two appeals. But the defendant and the main opposition party attacked the........

© The Korea Times