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Seo-wook urgently called the Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs on a holiday… Discussing military law reform

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It is reported that Defense Minister Seo Wook called the Chief of Staff of the Army, Navy and Air Force to the Ministry of National Defense on the 22nd, a holiday, to urgently discuss ways to reform the military law.

Multiple military sources said on the same day, “A meeting on the military law reform bill was held at the Ministry of National Defense, presided over by Minister Seo Wook and attended by Nam Young-shin, Army, Navy, Buseok-jong, and Air Force Chief, In-ho Park.”

The reason that Minister Seo urgently called the 3rd Army general for a meeting on a holiday was that the Civil-Private-Military Joint Committee (hereafter referred to as the Joint Committee) decided to abolish the peacetime military court and introduced a bill restricting the jurisdiction of the military court to military crimes in the political realm. This is because military law reform was raised as a major issue.

In this regard, the Joint Committee voted on the abolition of the peacetime military court on the 18th.

In addition, the National Assembly has proposed an amendment to the Military Court Act that limits the jurisdiction of the military court to military crimes such as rebellion, divulgence of military service, and divulging military secrets under the Military Criminal Act.

In particular, it is observed that the situation in which differences between the Ministry of National Defense and some members of the Joint Committee were exposed over the military law reform plan, such as two members of the 4th division in charge of improving the military judicial system in the Joint Committee, announced their intention to resign the previous day comes out

However, the Ministry of National Defense maintained its opposition to the ‘abolition of the peacetime military court’, and on the 20th, in a report on the pending issues of the National Assembly Defense Committee, it stated that it was ‘reviewing concerns about the abolition of the peacetime military court’.

This is interpreted as being different from the abolition of the peacetime military court, which was decided by the Joint Committee on the 18th.

There are also observations that this attitude of the Ministry of National Defense had an effect on the fact that the four members of the two committees expressed their resignation.

It is known that this was also discussed at the emergency meeting of the 3rd Army generals on the same day, presided over by Minister Seo.

A military source explained, “It was a meeting to discuss the military’s position and countermeasures related to military law reform ahead of the National Assembly Judiciary Committee meeting to be held this week.”

Meanwhile, it is known that the military is gathering opinions on transferring cases such as sexual offenses, drinking and traffic violations to the private prosecution.

In particular, there are constant criticisms from inside and outside the military that sexual crime cases within the military are ‘integrated’, such as taking charge of both military prosecutors and military judges in the military justice system, and there is a strong point that they should be turned over to the private prosecution for reasons such as the need for prompt investigation.

A source said, “I understand that even the military leadership thinks that sexual crimes in the military should be handed over to the private sector.”

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