eseoulpost
DomesticPolitics
Ex-president slams probes into political maneuvering scandals
min  |  min
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
승인 2017.11.12  
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn
   

 Former President Lee Myung-bak expressed his dismay on Sunday over ongoing probes into the state organs' alleged political meddling during his term, raising suspicion that they may be "political reprisals" driven by old grudges.

Speaking to the press before he departs for Bahrain, Lee warned that the investigations would divide the public and stymie efforts for national security and economic growth.

"I am one of the people with a bit of expectation for the new government, but while watching the campaign to eliminate 'accumulated ills,' I have started to have suspicions about whether they really are reforms, or an expression of pent-up emotions or political reprisal," said Lee who ruled the country from 2008-2013.

Former President Lee Myung-bak speaks to the press at the Incheon International Airport west of Seoul on Nov. 12, 2017. (Yonhap)Former President Lee Myung-bak speaks to the press at the Incheon International Airport west of Seoul on Nov. 12, 2017. (Yonhap)

"Such an act would not only divide public opinion, but also be unhelpful for our security at a crucial juncture and for South Korea's economy when it has to take advantage of the global economic recovery," he added.

Lee also stressed that the probes into the military and intelligence organizations would undermine national defense.

The National Intelligence Service and the military intelligence and cyberwarfare commands are under probe over suspicions that they mobilized operatives to post online comments in support of the former government, in violation of their obligation to maintain political neutrality.

The probes come as the liberal Moon Jae-in government conducts sweeping reforms under the name of "eliminating accumulated ills." But conservatives have dismissed the endeavors as "political retribution."

   Lee embarked on a four-day visit to the Middle East country to deliver a lecture on South Korea's economic rise at the request of the Manama government. But the trip was overshadowed by public calls to bar him from leaving the country pending the investigations. As of Sunday morning, some 70,000 people filed petitions online for a travel ban.

On Saturday, former Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin was arrested over his possible link to the cyberwarfare command's online activities allegedly aimed at swaying public opinion in favor of Lee's conservative government.

Kim's arrest has triggered calls for Lee to face justice as speculation persisted that the ex-commander-in-chief might also be involved in the political maneuvering scheme, either directly or indirectly.

In a Facebook post in September, Lee chafed at the Moon government's campaign to redress alleged wrongdoings of past governments, saying that it would not only compromise national interests, but also end in failure. (Yonhap News)

 

< 저작권자 © eseoulpost 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn 뒤로가기 위로가기
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
자동등록방지용 코드를 입력하세요!   
확인
- 200자까지 쓰실 수 있습니다. (현재 0 byte / 최대 400byte)
- 욕설등 인신공격성 글은 삭제 합니다. [운영원칙]
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
Most Read
1
Business Park at Dubai South witnesses 400% growth in number of companies
2
Leaders of S. Korea, India celebrate construction of Samsung smartphone factory in Noida
3
ADU architecture programme accredited by 'Royal Institute of British Architects'
4
NMC lauds Saudi efforts to fight piracy, protect IP rights
5
Spotlight on UAE's environmental efforts at Urban Sustainability Week
6
Reem Al Hashemy visits UAE Armed Forces task force in Aden
7
Leaders of S. Korea, India agree to boost bilateral trade to US$50 bln by 2030
8
DOT: Effort relentless in pursuing women-empowering tourism
9
Emirates Foundation organises event for children with autism
10
Black Sea Trade and Development Bank builds up cooperation with OFID
Photo News Green Biz
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discuss cooperation to protect environment
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discu...
min
Earth Hour 2018: Lights out across UAE as Earth Hour is marked
Earth Hour 2018: Lights out across...
min
Suqia plays key role in enhancing UAE's global efforts to address water challenges
Suqia plays key role in enhancing ...
min
UAE Innovation Month: Innovative Initiatives by Sharjah Development Forum to Serve UAE’s Technical Sector
UAE Innovation Month: Innovative I...
min
UAE environmentalists to travel to ends of the earth to inspire change
UAE environmentalists to travel to...
min
Photo News Sports
Al Majaz Amphitheatre to Host Special Tent for Media and Public to Enjoy Football World Cup
Al Majaz Amphitheatre to Host Spec...
min
S. Korea crack top 60 in latest FIFA rankings ahead of World Cup
S. Korea crack top 60 in latest FI...
min
(World Cup) S. Korea release squad numbers for Russia 2018
(World Cup) S. Korea release squad...
min
Emirates, Formula 1 renew global partnership
Emirates, Formula 1 renew global p...
min
Nahyan bin Zayed attends closing day of Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018
Nahyan bin Zayed attends closing d...
min
UAE dominates the mat, winning 36 gold medals on day 2 of Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship
UAE dominates the mat, winning 36 ...
min
World Class Theme Park opens in Korea's central city of Chungju
World Class Theme Park opens in Ko...
min
Day Five of Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Festival kicks off with world’s leading professional athletes
Day Five of Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Fe...
min
Photo News World
Al Majaz Amphitheatre to Host Special Tent for Media and Public to Enjoy Football World Cup
Al Majaz Amphitheatre to Host Spec...
min
S. Korea crack top 60 in latest FIFA rankings ahead of World Cup
S. Korea crack top 60 in latest FI...
min
(World Cup) S. Korea release squad numbers for Russia 2018
(World Cup) S. Korea release squad...
min
Emirates, Formula 1 renew global partnership
Emirates, Formula 1 renew global p...
min
Nahyan bin Zayed attends closing day of Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018
Nahyan bin Zayed attends closing d...
min
UAE dominates the mat, winning 36 gold medals on day 2 of Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship
UAE dominates the mat, winning 36 ...
min
World Class Theme Park opens in Korea's central city of Chungju
World Class Theme Park opens in Ko...
min
Day Five of Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Festival kicks off with world’s leading professional athletes
Day Five of Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Fe...
min
Photo News Opinion
N. Korea to compete at table tennis tournament in S. Korea
N. Korea to compete at table tenni...
min
Vatican's top diplomat voices optimism for ongoing peace efforts
Vatican's top diplomat voices opti...
min
Kumho Asiana chief apologizes for airline unit's no-meal fiasco
Kumho Asiana chief apologizes for ...
min
Defense chief vows to stamp out military's political interference, sexual abuse
Defense chief vows to stamp out mi...
min
Koreas holding working-level talks on forestry cooperation
Koreas holding working-level talks...
min
Koreas exchange lists of candidate families ahead of reunions
Koreas exchange lists of candidate...
min
President Moon calls for tougher punishment for hidden camera crimes
President Moon calls for tougher p...
min
Koreas to push in earnest for peace, prosperity in autumn summit: Seoul official
Koreas to push in earnest for peac...
min
Newspaper AboutNews ReportAdvertiseComplaintsPrivacy PolicyJuvenile protectionRejection of E-mail Collection
Gangnam-gu, Teheran 52 street in Tehran Bldg, 616(Yeoksam-dong)  |  Main Phone: 02) 563-0604  |  Fax: 02) 538-5665
Chairman : jeong-woo Lee  |  Advisor : byung-il Min  |  Publisher: jae-mo Kah  |  Editors: il-hong Kim
Registration Number 1928 Seoul ah  |  eseoulpost.com / eseoulpost.net / Global Korea.,Ltd
Copyright © 2011 eseoulpost. All rights reserved. mail to jaemokah@daum.com , kih10kr@empas.com/ www.globalkorea.info
arabafrica.net / UAE Interract / Emirtes News Agency(WAM)/ http://wam.org.ae / www.uaeinteract.com