14 June, 2021

People's Verdict

A three-year democracy sets an example with a political clean up

People's Verdict

THE death sentence imposed on former South Korean dictator Chun Doo Hwan for his role in a coup and massacre, and jail terms for a former president and a battry of corporate chiefs, have made many Indians living in South-east Asia impatient for a similar large-scale clean-up of Indian politics. If a three-year-old democracy like South Korea can do it, why can't we, Indian expatriates are asking.

Former South Korean army general-turned-president Chun was sentenced to death in August for masterminding a 1979 coup and an episode that came to be known as the 'Kwangju massacre'. His successor, former president Roh Tae Woo, also an army general, was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison for mutiny, treason and corruption.

Other casualties of the transition to people's rule: 18 former presidential aides and businessmen, including nine South Korean tycoons, who were found guilty of bribing former president Roh. Among them were Choi Won Suk of the Dong-Ah Group, Kim Woo Choong, chairman of Daewoo, Chang Jin ho of the Jinro Group, and...

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