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On the first business day after the Korean parliament voted to oust President Park Geun-hye over her alleged role in the influence-peddling scandal that has gripped the nation in recent weeks... all eyes were on the Constitutional Court.
That's because the Constitutional Court has the final say on whether to uphold the motion.
The court convened its first official meeting today and initiated preparatory steps by speeding up its review of the case.
We kick off Newscenter this evening with this report by Ji Myung-kil.
Korea's Constitutional Court said Monday it would form a task force of some twenty researchers to examine how to approach the case. "The Constitutional Court has around eighty researchers who assist the court justices. Twenty of them will be selected to be in the task force team to write about reports on President Park's impeachment case."
The decision was made during a meeting among the council of justices of the nine-member court.
They also made the decision to appoint two or three judges next week to prepare for trial proceedings. "First, the justices appointed by the court president will prepare for the trial. Second, the parliament and the justice ministry will begin fine tuning the opinions of the related parties starting today."
The court requested the parliament and the justice ministry to submit their opinion over the president's impeachment case. "The court has asked President Park to submit a written statement of her defense. Therefore, the court has also asked the parliament and the justice ministry because they're related parties."
The court also plans to hold more meetings down the road considering the gravity of the issue. "In the coming weeks, the court plans to summon key witnesses to multiple hearings and will review the evidence before making its final decision."
The nine-member court has up to six months to adjudicate the case.
If at least six out of the nine judges at the court uphold the parliament’s decision, President Park will be removed from office.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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