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 (
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.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
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