Park Beom-gye, “It is a product of the times… sorry”


Attorney General Park Beom-gye gives an opening address at the ‘2021 Advanced Legislation Forum’ held at Conrad Seoul, Yeouido, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul on November 26. The forum was prepared to explore ways to improve the limited company system under the Commercial Act to revitalize startups. 2021.11.26/News1 © News1
While the Constitutional Court ruled that the so-called ‘Yun Chang-ho Act’, which provided aggravated punishment for violating the prohibition of drunk driving more than twice, was unconstitutional, Minister of Justice Park Beom-gye expressed his disappointment.

Minister Park met with reporters on the way to the government complex in Gwacheon on the 29th and said, “I think the Constitutional Court’s decision is a bit disappointing as the Yun Chang-ho Act itself is a product of the times.”

He added, “With the Supreme Prosecutor at the center, in line with the purpose of the Constitutional Court’s decision, we will (response) in unison regarding whether to prosecute or not,” he added.

The provision of the Yoon Chang-ho Act is Article 148-2 (1) of the current Road Traffic Act, which stipulates that a person who violates the drunk driving ban on two or more times shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than 2 years and not more than 5 years, or by a fine of not less than 10 million won and not more than 20 million won. The Constitutional Court ruled that the provision was unconstitutional, violating the principle of proportionality between liability and punishment, on the grounds that it severely punishes people for driving under the influence of alcohol twice or more without considering the level of blood alcohol level or the type of vehicle they drove.

After the Constitutional Court’s decision, the prosecution decided to prosecute under the general rules for drunk driving in cases under investigation, but to actively reflect the aggravating reasons in the sentencing.

Minister Park also said in relation to the allegations of preferential treatment and lobbying for development in Daejang-dong, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, “We should not conduct an artificial investigation considering the remaining election period or whether candidates have been selected.” It is the most important,” he emphasized.

(Seoul = News 1)


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