Lawmakers Submit Bill Seeking Introduction of Independent Counsel

A group of 209 ruling and opposition lawmakers submitted a bill seeking to have an independent counsel probe the Choi Soon-sil scandal.

The National Assembly's Legislation and Judiciary Committee is set to review the independent counsel bill during a full session later on Wednesday. The bill will become law if it is approved at a plenary session on Thursday and at a Cabinet meeting next Tuesday.

Under the bill agreed upon by rival camps on Monday, an independent counsel will be recommended by the main opposition Democratic Party and minor opposition People's Party. The recommended counsel will then be appointed by the president.

The special probe team will consist of one independent counsel, four assistant counsels, 20 prosecutors and 40 investigators. The independent counsel team will investigate the scandal for up to 120 days.

Separately, a group of bipartisan lawmakers have also submitted a request to the National Assembly for a parliamentary investigation into the Choi Soon-sil scandal.

The request was signed Tuesday by the floor leaders of the ruling and opposition parties and 191 other legislators.

Source: KBS World Radio