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Author 국제팀 Hit 840 Date 2024-05-10 오후 2:38:00
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[Statement]Law enforcement agencies must immediately cease investigations that infringe upon the constitutional right to legal assistance

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Law enforcement agencies must immediately cease investigations that infringe upon the constitutional right to legal assistance


The Korean Bar Association strongly condemns the recent decision by the Public Crimes Investigation Unit of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency to summon Attorney A, who provided legal support services such as consultations to the Emergency Response Committee of the Korean Medical Association, as a witness. We urgently demand the cessation of the investigation against Attorney A.


Attorney A, in the capacity of a lawyer, solely provided legal support to the Emergency Response Committee of the Korean Medical Association, a right guaranteed by the Constitution.


Summoning a lawyer as a witness merely for providing legal support work undermines the fundamental role of lawyers and constitutes a violation of the constitutional right to legal assistance. Members of the Emergency Response Committee of the Korean Medical Association are also citizens of the Republic of Korea, and summoning a lawyer for investigation solely based on their assistance would pose a significant threat to the rule of law. We implore the investigative agency to halt the investigation against Attorney A immediately.


The Korean Bar Association asserts that should law enforcement agencies persist in attempts to undermine the work of lawyers in the future, we will utilize all available means to safeguard the rule of law and prevent such actions.

 

2024. 5. 9.


Young Hoon KIM, President of the Korean Bar Association




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