SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- The ruling and opposition parties agreed Thursday to hold a hearing on allegations that a military intelligence unit drew up plans last year to consider imposing martial law to crack down on protests against then-impeached President Park Geun-hye.
The parliamentary defense committee will hold the envisioned hearing, said Rep. Kim Sung-tae, floor leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, after a meeting with his counterparts from the ruling Democratic Party and the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party.
The rival parties had agreed in July to hold a hearing on the issue once a team of defense ministry and prosecution investigators announced the results of its probe into allegations that the now-disbanded Defense Security Command drew up a document suggesting imposing martial law
The investigation team announced the results on Wednesday, saying it decided to suspend the probe until it locates the whereabouts of a former DSC commander, a key suspect in the case who is believed to be holed up in the United States.
The DSC document outlined ways to impose wartime martial law in case the Constitutional Court rejected the National Assembly's impeachment of Park and kept her in office. It also suggested mobilizing hundreds of tanks and thousands of troops to impose martial law.
But the plans in the document were not carried out because the court endorsed the impeachment and removed Park from office on a series of corruption charges. Park has since been arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison in an appeals trial.
Source: Yonhap News Agency