On Monday (January 7, 2019), I entered the hearing room at the Gwangju High Court. It was the latest hearing of former president Chun Doo Hwan’s defamation trial. The hearing room was houseful of the people related to May 18 Democratic Movement of 1980.
We waited until the clock struck 2.30 pm when a court judge appeared. There was a silence as the hearing began. Everybody was attentive to the hearing. Thereafter, Chun’s lawyer announced that he (Chun) could not come to the court because he suffered from flu and high fever. The announcement burst the silence and people started shouting. I felt they were saying that he was a liar for the sickness.
Chun Doo Hwan is a great liar. He wrote lies in his first volume of his three-volume books – “Chun Doo Hwan Memoirs” – published in 2017 that there was no gunfire from a helicopter during…
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