Wed, Feb 16, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Justice minister looking to fill three key vacancies

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Minister of Justice Morley Shih (施茂林) said yesterday that heads of different prosecutors' offices must be able to "satisfy" their fellow prosecutors as well as the public.

"What prosecutors need the most is their superior officers' support and endorsement when it comes to cracking down on crime. It is about leadership," Shih said.

"The head of a prosecutors' office must be also be able to make the public feel comfortable and safe. That is the chief's priority."

Shih made the remarks during a talk about possible transfers and promotions of prosecutors.

At least two senior prosecutors will have a chance to become vice justice ministers and one will have the opportunity to take the office of the prosecutor-general at the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office.

Shih said the personnel decisions will be made before the end of this month.

He also said he would nominate his own candidates for the three positions.

"I have a few ideal names in my pocket. We are still discussing this matter with our superiors at the Executive Yuan, but I shall announce the new heads of those offices before the end of the month," he said.

Shih was promoted from the prosecutor-general of the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office to one of the three vice minister of justice posts last November.

Taipei District Prosecutors' Office Spokesman Lin Bang-liang (林邦樑), the second highest-ranking prosecutor in the office, has been filling in since Shih was appointed to minister of justice before the Lunar New Year holiday.

Shih succeeded Chen Ding-nan (陳定南).

The other empty vice minister's post has been vacant ever since Lin Hsi-yao (林錫堯) was promoted to be one of the chief prosecutors' at the Supreme Court Prosecutors' Office last November.

Shih said that whoever takes the two vice ministerial posts must be familiar with the administrative work of a prosecutor, and should be a senior prosecutor.

He said that he has been interviewing his "ideal" candidates, but he has not yet made a decision.

"We are still working on the interviews. We are also discussing this matter with our superiors at the Executive Yuan. Technically, they will respect our decisions, since we know best what kind of people we really need," Shih said.

Former Democratic Progressive Party legislator Tang Jinn-chuan (湯金全) is believed to be a candidate for one of the vice minister positions, because he served as a senior lawyer, prosecutor and a judge in Kaohsiung and Chiayi prior to entering politics.

Neither Tang nor the ministry, however, would confirm the rumors as of press time last night.

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