‘Inciting civil war’ Lee Seok-ki, former lawmaker, released on parole today


Former United Progressive Party lawmaker Lee Seok-ki, who served a sentence after being sentenced to a severe sentence for inciting a rebellion, will be paroled on the morning of the 24th. It has been 8 years and 3 months since he was arrested.

Reporter Han So-hee on the sidewalk.

Former United Progressive Party lawmaker Lee Seok-ki was released from Daejeon prison this morning after passing the resolution of the Justice Ministry’s parole review committee.

It has been 8 years and 3 months since he was arrested on charges of conspiracy to revolt and incitement to rebellion.

In September 2013, former lawmaker Lee was handed over to trial under arrest on charges of conspiracy to revolt and incitement to overthrow the Korean system as an underground revolutionary organization, the so-called RO general.

The United Progressive Party was dissolved by a decision of the Constitutional Court.

Then, in 2015, the Supreme Court accepted the judgment of the appeals court, saying, “We discussed the destruction of state facilities, but we did not reach a practical agreement to implement it.”

The charges of conspiracy to revolt were acquitted, and charges of inciting rebellion and violating the National Security Act were found guilty and sentenced to 9 years in prison and 7 years of suspension of qualifications.

Afterwards, he was sentenced to eight months in prison in 2019 on charges of embezzling hundreds of millions of won in funds from an election promotion company he ran, and the expected release date of former lawmaker was delayed from September next year to May 2023.

Former lawmakers, including the Progressive Party, immediately welcomed it.

[정태흥/진보당 수석대변인 : 만시지탄이지만 다시 한번 환영하고요. 이번에는 가석방이지만, 신속히 사면복권이 이뤄져야 할 것입니다.]

The People’s Power criticized and commented, “Are you going to let the former lawmaker, who has been shown to be a threat to the Republic of Korea through the trial, walk the streets?”

It is also known that the government plans to announce the special amnesty, which was tentatively decided earlier this week, in the near future.


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