Parties on both sides expressed respect for the court’s decision to put Samsung Electronics heir Lee Jae-yong behind bars on Friday.
Ruling Liberty Korea Party Floor Leader Chung Woo-taik said Samsung should repent its personnel management and succession process. He said the conglomerate should reflect upon its actions and whether or not they have been befitting to the national economy and met public expectations.
Chairwoman Choo Mi-ae of the main opposition Democratic Party said the court’s decision will shed light on the massive influence-peddling scandal surrounding the president. Choo said the independent counsel should thoroughly probe the case to break the link between politicians and conglomerates.
Floor Leader Joo Seung-yong of the minor opposition People’s Party agreed that Vice Chairman Lee’s arrest should be an opportunity to break off the cozy relations between politics and business.
Floor Leader Joo Ho-young of the Bareun Party, which broke away from the ruling party, said the court’s decision should be a first step towards chaebol reform and the realization of economic justice.
Presidential contenders Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party, South Chungcheong Governor Ahn Hee-jung, Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party and Seongnam Mayor Lee Jae-myung also issued statements of their support, noting that the court’s decision showed equality before the law.
Other presidential hopefuls including Rep. Yoo Seong-min of the Bareun Party, Gyeonggi Governor Nam Kyung-pil and Justice Party Chairwoman Shim Sang-jung expressed their respect of the court’s decision.