November 9, 2020
My discussion topic for the Koreans tonight is Presidential pardons. The past two presidents of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak and Park Guen-he, are both currently in jail serving what amount to life sentences for various crimes. Polls show that a majority of Koreans feel the two presidents should not be pardoned, yet the current president, Moon Jae-in, may find it politically expedient to pardon them before his term Is up. Past presidents, Chun Doo-hway and Roh Tae-woo have also been pardoned for various offenses. This makes me wonder whether Moon himself will need a pardon before things are over with.