President Park Refuses to Turn in her Homework on Time
SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye's lawyers again ignored a deadline set by the Constitutional Court reviewing her impeachment, saying they won't submit a summary of their arguments Thursday.
The court had asked both the lawyers and the National Assembly impeachment panel serving as the prosecution to submit their summaries by Thursday ahead of the final hearing on Friday. But the lawyers protested they needed more time.
On Wednesday, the court partially accepted their request and postponed the final hearing to Monday.
"We are not submitting the preparatory statement today," Lee Joong-hwan said in an email to reporters, without elaborating on the reason.
Critics say Park has been stalling the proceedings to increase her chances of reinstatement. The president's ouster requires the approval of at least six justices. There are currently eight after one retired last month. On March 13, another justice is set to retire upon completing her term.
Park was impeached in December over an influence-peddling and corruption scandal centered on her friend Choi Soon-sil.