(LEAD) DP expels three-term lawmaker over sexual misconduct

주경돈 / 2022-05-12 14:32:53
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▲ This file photo taken on Feb. 10, 2022, shows Rep. Park Wan-joo of the Democratic Party at the National Assembly. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

(LEAD) lawmaker-expulsion

(LEAD) DP expels three-term lawmaker over sexual misconduct

(ATTN: UPDATES 2nd para; ADDS more info from 4th para)

SEOUL, May 12 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) on Thursday decided to expel Rep. Park Wan-joo over a sexual misconduct case, the party's spokesperson said.

The DP's emergency committee decided to kick out Park and plans to refer him to the National Assembly's ethics reporting center for an additional penalty, according to DP spokesperson Shin Hyun-young.

"We are very sorry that a sexual misconduct case happened inside the party," Shin said. "We will not reveal details of the case to prevent secondary victimization."

The decision came after Park, a three-term lawmaker who previously served as the DP's top policymaker, was reportedly questioned by the DP's ethics inspection team over allegations that he harassed a female assistant last year.

The DP said a police probe on Park has yet to be conducted.

The DP is worried that Park's case would undermine its efforts in the June 1 local elections and parliamentary by-elections.

Park is the latest DP heavyweight disgraced in a sexual misconduct case over the past four years.

An Hee-jung, once deemed a powerful presidential candidate of the DP, is currently in jail for raping one of his former female secretaries. He resigned as governor of South Chungcheong in 2018 in the face of sexual abuse allegations.

In 2020, Oh Keo-don and Park Won-soon -- former Busan and Seoul mayors --- were also accused of sexually harassing female subordinates in April and July, respectively.

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