Seoul parliament votes for arrest of leftist lawmaker
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's parliament on Wednesday approved the arrest of a leftist lawmaker accused of plotting an armed insurrection in support of Pyongyang.
In a rare show of cooperation, rival political parties joined forces to pass a motion allowing the arrest of sitting United Progress Party (UPP) legislator Lee Seok Ki on charges of sedition.
Of the 289 lawmakers who took part in the vote, 258 said yes, 14 said no, 11 abstained and six other votes were nullified.
Hundreds of police, including riot officers carrying shields, stood guard outside the National Assembly as the vote was under way, with riot vans forming a blockade across access roads and a water canon atop an armoured vehicle.