April 26, 2017 13:00
The Supreme Court would want to broadcast live the trials of former President Park Geun-hye and her crony Choi Soon-sil given the overwhelming public interest in the case.
A Supreme Court official said Tuesday, "The Constitutional Court broadcast Park's impeachment trial live in March, and we're also discussing the prospect of allowing live coverage of major trials." That would probably cover the trials of Park and Choi as well as the trial of de facto Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong on charges of bribing them.
The Supreme Court itself opened its doors to the public in 2013 by broadcasting hearings live in cases that are considered of public interest. Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae said, "We need to consider strengthening public confidence by offering live broadcasts of cases that can cause social controversy."
There is currently no live coverage at lower instances, where Park and Choi will first stand trial, because a great deal of uncorroborated personal testimony is heard, whereas the Supreme Court mostly rules on points of law. It remains to be seen whether that can be changed in time for Park's trial.
- Copyright © Chosunilbo & Chosun.com