‘Taean offshore wind power’, a key issue in the trial of the Public Official Election Act… Taean county governor added as a witness

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Seosan Branch 1 Criminal Division of Daejeon District Court conducted the second trial of Mr. A, who was indicted without detention and handed over to trial on charges of violating the Public Official Election Act and defamation by publication at Criminal Court No. 110 of Seosan Branch.

▲ Residents of Taean entering to attend the Public Official Election Act trial Seosan Branch 1 Criminal Division of Daejeon District Court conducted the second trial of Mr. A, who was indicted without detention and handed over to trial on charges of violating the Public Official Election Act and defamation by publication at Criminal Court No. 110 of Seosan Branch.
ⓒ Dongi Kim

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In addition, Taean offshore wind power, which the mayor of Taean County in South Chungcheong Province made as a key pledge while challenging for re-election in the June 1st local elections, is emerging as a key issue in the trial of the Public Official Election Act.

Taean offshore wind power is the momentum of the pledge of “paying 1 million won in dividends to Shinbaram pension for all citizens” put forward by the county governor at the time of the June 1 local election.

Shinbaram Pension for all counties, if the construction of offshore wind power (1.86~2.2GW), which is natural energy, is promoted in a resident-participatory manner, the annual tax revenue coming to Taean-gun (approximately 55 billion won based on 1.86GW) will generate about 71.5 billion won for residents based on 1.86GW. Profits (REC of about 53 won) are expected to be generated, and through this, it is a pledge to pay more than 1 million won in annual profits as pension to all military residents.

However, it seems that the operation of the military government is somewhat slowing down as forces appearing to bet on large-scale projects promoted by the Taean military government, such as Taean offshore wind power, which the county governor has been promoting since the 7th civil election, and the wide-area marine resource recycling center, which is a sorting facility for marine waste. .

In particular, in the case of Mr. A, who was indicted without detention for violating the Public Official Election Act and defamation for publication, he continuously criticized the Taean military government through text messages and contributions to the media. When it went too far, the governor of Gasero eventually sued Mr. A to the Taean Police Station, and the police acknowledged Mr. A’s charges and sent them to the prosecution. Regarding the complaint against Mr. A at the time of the complaint, the county governor said, “I believe that Mr. A’s act has exceeded the limits of social tolerance. Because he fabricates obvious and existing false facts, he inevitably made a criminal choice after thinking about it.” have.

The prosecution, like the police, acknowledged Mr. A’s charges and made a decision on a ‘non-custodial trial’ for violating the Public Official Election Act and the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection (defamation) in August. The first trial was held in Criminal Court No. 110 of the Seosan Branch of the Court. The second trial was held on the 16th, with the county governor Kasero, who was adopted as witnesses in the first trial, attending the court following the first trial to confirm the facts of the prosecution and to adopt four witnesses.

Public Official Election Act trial buried in ‘Taean offshore wind power’… Prosecutors and defense witnesses interrogated for about an hour

On this day, Gasero County Mayor appeared as a witness in court for the first time as an incumbent Taean County Mayor and testified. Although the incumbent county governor has appeared in court as a defendant for his violation of the Public Official Election Act, it is the first time for an incumbent county governor to stand on the witness stand in a Public Official Election Act trial.

Daejeon District Court Seosan Branch 1st Criminal Division (Presiding Judge Kim Yong-chan, Seosan Branch Chief) held the second trial of Mr. A, who was indicted without detention and handed over to trial on charges of violating the Public Official Election Act and defamation by publication at Criminal Court No. 110 of Seosan Branch on the 16th. proceeded. In the second trial on the same day, the trial proceeded with about 20 Taean-gun residents, including street vendors at Kkotji Beach and a so-called ‘Taean-gun former victim’ group, filling the audience.

According to the prosecutor’s public office election law trial, “Defendant A has distributed text messages and contributions containing false facts referring to Gasero (county chief) to a large number of county citizens ahead of the 8th national simultaneous local elections for the purpose of slander and publicizes false facts. and defamed the reputation.”

However, in the second trial, in which the county governor appeared as a witness, the Public Official Election Act trial seems to be buried by Taean offshore wind power generation. This is because the witness interrogation was conducted by both the prosecution and the defense of the defendant A, focusing on the question of “when did you know” about the progress of the ‘Taean Offshore Wind Power’ by the county head. Even Judge Kim Yong-chan asked additional questions about the residents’ acceptance and future procedures related to Taean offshore wind power after the interrogation by the prosecution and the defense attorney.

In particular, in the third trial set for January 11 next year, it is expected that a witness interrogation will continue to verify the timing of the promotion of ‘Taean Offshore Wind Power’ by calling former county governor Han Sang-ki as a witness. As a result of checking through the Supreme Court’s ‘My Case Search’, it was found that the prosecutor, the defendant, the defense lawyer, and the prosecution’s witnesses, Kim and Hong, as well as the defense’s witness, former county governor Han Sang-gi, were present at the third trial. However, in contrast to the fact that the court sent a subpoena for witnesses to Amugae Kim and Amugae Hong, it was confirmed that the witness subpoena for former county governor Han Sang-ki had not been sent as of the 24th.

This is because the indictment stated that defendant A had slandered a number of county citizens through text messages and contributions in relation to Taean offshore wind power with false facts such as ‘planned before being elected’. and the defense attorney started to check the facts against the county governor.

In addition to the interrogation of the prosecution and defense lawyers asking about the timing of awareness of Taean offshore wind power, the county governor consistently adhered to the position that he had no idea before taking office as the 14th mayor of Taean county in July 2018, while the defense lawyer said that county governor Ga took office. The induction interrogation was repeated several times with similar questions to elicit a statement that he knew of the previous Taean offshore wind power project. In the end, the interrogation continued calmly, but the defense attorney’s continuing interrogation was confronted with the lawyer’s induction interrogation by answering “I don’t know” or “I wasn’t interested” rather than verbally.

The first testimony of the incumbent governor… Intense interrogation of witnesses between prosecutors and lawyers, what did they say?

On the other hand, due to the previous trial, the witness interrogation of the governor of Gasero, which started at 3:00 pm late for about 20 minutes, continued for about an hour, and a war of words broke out over the ‘Taean offshore wind power’.

Prior to the speech, Judge Kim Yong-chan informed the prosecution that “another case has been finalized and judged, but this case is before a final judgment” in relation to defendant A, and the prosecution said that it would “submit it after review.”

The other case mentioned by the presiding judge refers to the case in which the defendant A received a suspended sentence at the Daejeon District Court’s appeal on August 25th. On August 10th, an indictment was filed with Seosan Branch regarding the ongoing case related to the violation of the Public Official Election Act. Accordingly, on the 23rd, it was confirmed that the prosecution submitted an application for permission to change the indictment.

In addition, the presiding judge also referred to the petition for severe punishment against defendant A submitted on November 4, and the petitions and petitions submitted on November 14 and 16, and said, “It is a petition submitted by victims due to the defendant, but it is not directly related to the case. I will do it,” he said.

Prosecutors opened the door to full-scale witness interrogation of the county governor. After confirming the statement and the complaint, the prosecution first asked, “Did the defendant know that he was a candidate for the 6.1 local election?” In response, Governor Ga replied, “I would have known that I was running for mayor through a press conference, etc.”

This was followed by a full-fledged question from the prosecution about Taean offshore wind power. The main point that the prosecution tried to ask even while displaying the document on the PPT screen in the courtroom was the point of recognition, “When did you know about the Taean Offshore Wind Power Project?”

In response, Governor Ga said, “After taking office on July 1, 2018, I learned about offshore wind power about two months later, about September. Looking at the documents, we had prior discussions with South-East Power from 2017. I did not know about it before the election,” he said. About three months later, around October, Taean-gun, Western Power, South-East Power, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, and Taean Wind Power signed an MOU to promote the Taean Offshore Wind Power Project.”

To the prosecution’s question, “Do you believe that the defendant spread false information for the purpose of losing the election?”, he answered “yes” firmly, and then to the question of whether he wanted criminal punishment, he said, “The military government farming is causing great damage to the military and the military government’s reliability is lowered. I think strictness is necessary,” he said, and the prosecution’s interrogation of witnesses was completed.

Following the prosecution, the defense counsel’s witness interrogation began. The defendant’s defense attorney persistently dug into Taean offshore wind power. Governor Ga did not back down and a battle of words unfolded.

The lawyer first asked when the press conference for running for mayor was held and whether Mr. A had ever been sued for slandering a candidate under the Public Official Election Act. Through this, the lawyer seemed to intend to express that Mr. A’s act was a criticism of the military government, not the Public Official Election Act. In response, Governor Ga replied, “I don’t remember (the press conference for running) exactly,” but “I don’t remember the date, but I was so afflicted that I filed a complaint against the defendant.”

Then, after asking the reason why the law was changed by suing for slander of a candidate rather than for the crime of publishing false facts in the complaint, the lawyer asked, “How did the defendant say he knew well that the witness would run for office?” At the same time, “At the time the defendant sent a text message on January 4, 2022, it was neither a preliminary candidate nor a candidate, but what is the basis for slandering him for not being elected?” insisted.

Governor Ga responded with the intention that the defendant would have known about the re-election run, saying, “The defendant was very interested in the military government and was also around the media.” He replied that the act was slander for the purpose of losing the election.

Governor Ga had a battle of words with the lawyer… “Large industry that costs 2.5 trillion won… Promoting by following procedures”

 

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Residents who support defendant A are putting up banners on the access road to Seosan Support, where the trial will be held, urging for an investigation into the truth.

▲ A placard hung in front of Seosan Branch Residents who support defendant A are putting up banners on the access road to Seosan Support, where the trial will be held, urging for an investigation into the truth.
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Then, the lawyer’s full-scale interrogation about the Taean offshore wind power began. In particular, the lawyer summoned a full-page advertisement that refuted Mr. A’s claim in the form of an advertisement.

After citing the contents of the counterargument, the lawyer said, “Didn’t the Taean Offshore Wind Power have been reviewed by the military transition committee? “, he asked furiously.

In response, Governor Ga said, “There was no review at all on the transition committee, and after checking, it was promoted from 2017.” Bonnie, it started in 2017, and around March 2018, I heard that then-Governor Han Sang-ki told the Economic Promotion Division to review it,” he said.

The lawyer then asked about the wind power financing plan, the announcement of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the rebuttal of this magazine, and the timing of the establishment of the Taean Wind Power Corporation. He responded by saying, “I don’t know the details,” and “I wasn’t interested.”

As soon as he took office, the lawyer’s question, “What is the reason for rushing without checking whether the electric business was acquired?” said, “I’m not in a hurry.” , It was promoted because the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy’s REC (Renewable Energy Supply Certificate) was in place.”

Regarding the MOU signed in October 2018, the lawyer refuted again, saying, “Have you ever locked the door with a counter-demonstration?” It was done by following the procedure, and it should not be rushed. The fishermen should not be harmed, “he said.

To the lawyer’s question, “Do you think the safety of residents has been secured, such as environmental impact assessment, fish stock resource adequacy assessment, ship passage safety assessment, etc.?” It’s in progress. It’s natural to have to go through procedures in a large project that costs 2.5 trillion won, and the scene was shown, but not even half has passed.”

In response to the presiding judge’s question, “Do you have any additional testimony?”, the county governor said, “Taean is difficult. The thermal power plant is also closed, but there is no alternative industry.” “The defendant’s words are false, and I am concerned that the military government will become unstable and the credibility will be lowered as a result.”

The judge also asked about the procedure for ‘Taean offshore wind power’… Two prosecution witnesses were selected as witnesses for the 3rd trial, and Han Sang-ki, former county chief witness, was selected as the defense attorney.

In addition, to the question of the presiding judge, “It should be carried out after a long period of time, what should be done further?”, “We need to do the most important environmental impact assessment, but we receive advice through the evaluation results, and many people agree in terms of resident acceptance. However, the sea We are pushing forward by following all the given procedures, such as giving briefings to residents to fishermen who use the fishermen.”

Meanwhile, in the second trial on this day, two prosecutors’ witnesses and former county mayor Han Sang-gi were selected as witnesses for the third trial scheduled to be held on January 11 next year, and the trial process is expected to end. Judge Kim Yong-chan said, “I will listen to the testimony of the three people and finish it unless there are special circumstances.”

Addendum | It is also published in the Taean Newspaper.

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