SEOUL, The defense ministry on Thursday returned two controversial senior members of the scandal-ridden military intelligence command to their original Army base, in a disciplinary step aimed at reforming the unit long dogged by allegations of political interference.

The return of Maj. Gen. So Gang-won and Brigadier Gen. Gi Woo-jin is in line with President Moon Jae-in's order to send all Defense Security Command (DSC) members suspected of any illegal activities back to their original bases.

The DSC consists of some 4,200 members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, in addition to public officials.

The president's return order followed revelations that the DSC drew up a document to explore the possibility of imposing martial law to quell public protests last year that called for the ousting of then President Park Geun-hye.

Both So and Gi were suspected of being involved in the crafting of the document, which entailed detailed emergency procedures, such as censoring the media, seeking support from foreign diplomats here and precluding the parliament from lifting martial law.

As part of reform efforts, Moon has replaced the DSC commander and issued an order to dissolve and reorganize the command. On Monday, the defense ministry launched a team to prepare for the creation of a new command with a name that roughly translates as the "military security support command."

Source: Yonhap News Agency