South Korea Constitutional Court chief urges ruling on Park impeachment by March 13

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 24, 2017 8:39 PM

SEOUL (Reuters) - The outgoing chief judge of South Korea's Constitutional Court urged the court on Wednesday to conclude the impeachment trial of President Park Geun-hye by March 13, when the retirement of another judge will reduce the nine-judge bench to seven.

Chief Judge Park Han-chul, who himself will be retiring on Jan. 31, said at a hearing that the retirements of two judges may distort the impartiality of the court's ruling.

Park was impeached in December by parliament for violating her constitutional duties over a corruption scandal involving a friend indicted for meddling in state affairs.

(Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Michael Perry)