South Korea’s Constitutional Court has formally removed President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal, sparking rallies that have left two people dead.
The country’s first female leader has been accused of allowing a close friend to profit from her connections with the presidency, and was impeached in December after weeks of protests aimed at securing her resignation.
Ms Park’s “acts of violating the constitution and law are a betrayal of the public trust” Constitutional Court acting chief justice Lee Jung-mi said….
“The benefits of protecting the constitution that can be earned by dismissing the defendant are overwhelmingly big.
“Hereupon, in an unanimous decision by the court panel, we issue a verdict: We dismiss the defendant, President Park Geun-hye.”
Her lawyer, Seo Seok-gu, who had previously compared Park’s impeachment to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, condemned the verdict as a “tragic decision” made under popular pressure…. see more