A motion to arrest a ruling party lawmaker accused of taking bribes was filed with the parliament on Tuesday, justice ministry officials said.
Rep. Song Kwang-ho of the ruling Saenuri Party is being investigated by the prosecution on suspicion of taking bribes worth 55 million won ($54,000) from local railway parts supplier AVT in return for business favors.
The Ministry of Justice submitted the motion, with the approval of President Park Geun-hye, to the National Assembly after the prosecution sought an arrest warrant against the embattled legislator, said the officials.
Song’s detention is subject to parliamentary consent as sitting lawmakers in South Korea are immune from arrest while the Assembly is in session.
The motion must be reported at the earliest plenary meeting and the National Assembly speaker must put the matter to a vote within
72 hours, after waiting a day. The motion is carried if half of the sitting members are present and half of those are in favor.
If the motion is passed, only then will a district court hold a hearing before deciding whether to issue an arrest warrant for Song.
Song, a four-term lawmaker, formerly served as the chairman of the National Assembly‘s Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee, which oversees the Korea Rail Network Authority, from 2010 to 2012.
The prosecution suspects that Song abused his position as the committee’s chief to award AVT with various contracts. (Yonhap)