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The parliamentary investigation into the allegations against the National Intelligence Service's (NIS) intervention in last year’s presidential election in South Korea has ended this week without much success. The ruling Saenuri Party hampered every step of the hearings and even opposed to bringing some of the main figures in these criminal acts to the hearings as witnesses.
Lee Sang-Kyu, an opposition lawmaker of the United Progressive Party, went on a hunger strike on August 21, 2013 in front of Chung Wha Dae (the presidential office) demanding a thorough re-investigation into this matter to expose the truth and urging President Park to take responsibility for her part in this. As a member of the Parliamentary Investigative Committee he had participated in the unsuccessful parliamentary investigation and uses this hunger strike to display his frustrations.
In addition, the opposition lawmakers of the Democratic Party and the United Progressive Party who were part of this committee wrote an open letter to President Park urging her to take responsibility. They tried to deliver the letter in person to the presidential office (as seen in the photographs above). However, their attempt was unsuccessful, being stopped by hundreds of police officers. On the next day they made a second attempt and were able to give the letter to one of the presidential secretaries for political affairs.
The letter to the president is translated and introduced below.
August 21, 2013
Dear Ms. President,
According to the 1st Article of our Constitution South Korea is a democratic nation, the nation's sovereignty belongs to the people and all the power comes from the people. The National Intelligence Service (NIS)' illegal intervention in last year’s presidential election and the police's announcement of the false investigation results seriously compromised voters' rights in our nation. It was a crime against democracy and our constitutional rights.
Article 66 of the Constitution stipulates that a primary role of the president is to defend the Constitution. Therefore, as the opposition lawmakers at ‘the Parliamentary Investigative Committee' we urge you to express your position in this matter and to take responsibility for what happened.
The very foundations of a democratic country are based on fair elections. If state agencies have intervened illegally in an election and by doing so have compromised our right to suffrage, then our nation is no longer a democracy and the nation's sovereignty no longer belongs to the people. Therefore, the legitimacy of state power obtained through such illegal acts cannot be justified. If it were proven that CIA intervened in a US presidential election illegally and the FBI announced false investigation results to whitewash this then it would not be possible for the President of the Unites Stares to keep their presidency.
In 2007 you visited the National 3.15 Democracy Cemetery which honors the spirits of the protests that erupted against the electoral fraud in Masan on March 15, 1960. Since you very well know of this event in history you should learn a lesson from it.
If you do not get to the truth now, these allegations of the NIS' illegal intervention in the election will become huge obstacles for you in managing the nation for the next 5 years and furthermore more serious situations may arise.
President Park, you claimed repeatedly that the female spy agent was innocent up to the day before the Election Day last year. On December 14th you called for an emergency news conference and insisted "in case the agent is proven innocent Moon Jae-In, the candidate of the opposition party, will have to take responsibility for accusing her of the crime". During the 3rd TV presidential debate on December 16, 2012 you even said with such confidence that "there was absolutely no evidence of the spy agency's illegal acts", which was before the police announced the results from their investigation into this matters.
For the past 8 months since you took office you have not expressed a word regarding the allegations of the NIS' illegal intervention in the presidential election. Even though Chae Dong-Uk, the chief of the prosecution who was appointed by you, accused and indicted the chiefs of the spy agency and the police for the crime after a few months of probing.
It is derelict of you, as the president, if you keep silent on this matter. The prime responsibility to run a fair election falls on you as the head of the government. The NIS is under the direct control of the President and therefore no one else but you must express your position clearly.
However, you have kept silent all this time. 'The silence of the President' is now even hampering exposing the truth and punishing the involved.
All throughout the parliamentary investigation into the allegations involving the NIS the ruling Saenuri Party has stood in the way. Because of their strong opposition we could not bring out at the hearings as witnesses Kim Moo-Sung, the general director of Park’s camp, or Kwon Young-Se, chief of election operations, although your election camp was mainly managed by these two.
Through all the difficulties at each and every step the parliamentary investigation clearly disclosed at least that the allegations related to the NIS’ illegal intervention in the election and the police's false investigation results were in fact true. You are the one who has benefited the most from these criminal acts committed by these state agencies and you must take responsibility for that.
Therefore, we, the opposition lawmakers at the Parliamentary Investigative Committee, urge you, the President, to meet our four demands.
Firstly, you, who are supposed to uphold the Constitution, must express your position on how you take responsibility for the NIS’ illegal intervention in the presidential election and by so doing committed a crime against constitutionalism and damaging the very foundations of our democratic country.
Secondly, you must make decision about placing Kim Moo-Sung, the general director of Park’s camp, and Kwon Young-Se, chief of election operations, as witnesses in the parliamentary hearings. It is your responsibility as the President that you emphasize the rule of law before your personal care and gratitude for your subordinates.
Thirdly, you must see to the punishment of the people in the NIS and the police who were involved in these crimes. If criminals are not properly punished the law and order of our nation will collapse.
Fourthly, you must dismiss Nam Jae-Jun, the current chief of the NIS, who leaked national security secrets for his political intention. You also should take steps to prevent the recurrence of such crimes. As it was already clearly proven during the parliamentary investigation your order of a ‘self reform’ of the NIS within the agency is absurd and is going to fail. You must provide our nation with complete plans of the NIS reform and the prevention of recurrence of crimes such as this.
The goal of all these illegal and fraudulent acts during the presidential election was to make you the President. You must now come out of your long silence and show the nation how you are going to take responsibility for all these fraudulent acts related to your election.
Opposition lawmakers at the Parliamentary Investigative Committee
The original letter written in Korean can be found here: http://bbs1.agora.media.daum.net/gaia/do/debate/read?bbsId=D115&articleId=2480821