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Justice minister nominates group of `tough' prosecutors


Minister of Justice Chen Ding-nan (陳定南) yesterday announced the nomination of "tough" new prosecutors who will take on corruption and shake up the state prosecution system.

The minister has recommended a total of 26 new appointments to the Executive Yuan, which must first approve them.

The most senior nomination is that of Lin Chieh-teh (林偕得) -- currently chief counselor at the justice ministry and also a prosecutor -- to the post of prosecutor-general of the Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office, replacing Wu Ying-chao (吳英昭).

His reputation now restored, Wu's name was once tainted by an anonymous accusation that he was involved in the high-profile Taiwan Pineapple insider-trading scandal.

With the Executive Yuan's approval, Wu will become a prosecutor for the Prosecutors' Office of the Supreme Court. Shih Mao-lin (施茂林), currently prosecutor-general of the Taichung District Prosecutor's Office, will take charge of the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors' Office.

In an informal poll of the nations' prosecutors in January, Shih, Wu and Lin were voted first, second and third respectively as favorites for the state prosecutor-general post.

The other recommended appointments included changes to the justice ministry staff, prosecutors and prosecutors-general.

Two academic criminal justice specialists, Lin Yu-hsiung (林鈺雄) of National Chengchi University and Lin Shen-tien (林山田) of National Taiwan University said the appointees were tough, young bloods that could enhance the chances of success in the fight against "black gold."

Chen Jui-jen (陳瑞仁) a Shihlin District Court prosecutor and spokesperson for the Prosecutors' Reform Association (檢察官改革協會) agreed, saying the appointments were appropriate.

"The recommendations send the signal that the minister is serious about a crackdown," Chen said. "Most of the nominees are pretty tough characters."

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