Minister of Justice Morley Shih (
"Cracking down on international crime requires cooperation between countries with certain judicial agreements," Shih said. "If Taiwan has more allies, our job will be easier."
Shih made his remarks during a seminar for prosecutors held by the ministry yesterday. In addition to hosting local prosecutors, the ministry also invited prosecutors from the Netherlands, the UK, Thailand, Japan and South Korea to share share their experiences in crime-fighting with their Taiwanese counterparts.
The ministry also hopes to take advantage of this international meeting to sign more judicial agreements with more foreign countries, especially those countries which do not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
"Taiwan is a member of the global society, so it is natural for us to contribute to cracking down on crimes. We are both able and willing to do so," Shih said. "Political cooperation may be interrupted for diplomatic reasons. But cracking down on crime should have nothing to do with politics."
According to the minister, Taiwan has established judicial cooperation mechanisms with the US, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Australia and Malaysia in the past few years. All of these judicial mechanisms function well, Shih said.
In addition to forging better ties with foreign prosecutors and police, the ministry also invited four former state prosecutors general, including Wang Chien-chin (王建今), Shih Ming-chiang (石明江), Chen Han (陳涵) and Lu Jen-fa (盧仁發), to address yesterday's seminar. Wang is 103 years old and Shih is 90, but both of them attended yesterday's session and shared their experiences with a younger generation of prosecutors.