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Top prosecutor must be virtuous: Cabinet

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Cabinet yesterday said that only people with a remarkable reputation, who are senior and professional law-enforcement officers and who have a reputation for moral excellence will be considered for the new post of state public prosecutor-general.

"The president and the premier are still working on the final decision at this moment, so what you read in the newspaper may not necessarily be true," said Government Information Office Minister Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦), who is also the Cabinet spokesman after being assigned to the post by Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Jan. 25.

Cheng responded to speculation in local Chinese-language media that Supreme Court Chief Prosecutor Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫), Prosecutor Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) and Taiwan High Court Prosecutor-General Hsieh Wen-ding (謝文定) are the hottest candidates for the state public prosecutor-general's position.

The state prosecutor-general's post has been vacant since Wu Ying-chao (吳英昭) resigned on Dec. 27 to take responsibility for prosecutors' performance in the anti-bribery crackdown during last December's local elections. Some have claimed that Wu stepped down for political reasons.

The president must nominate a public prosecutor-general to the legislature, which makes the final decision before the candidate is confirmed for a four-year term.

The Republic of China Prosecutors' Association, which has 459 members, compiled a questionnaire that was circulated among prosecutors to determine their favorite candidates for the post a few weeks ago. Tseng, Huang and Hsieh came out on top.

Cheng said that the political orientation of the new state public prosecutor-general would not be a concern, because they are looking for a professional law-enforcement officer, rather than a government official.

"We need to make sure whether the new candidate is capable of handling the heavy work load and continuing the judicial reform process," Cheng said.

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