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NGO slams ‘detail leaks’ by prosecutors

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Judicial Reform Foundation accused the Special Investigation Division of the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday of “leaking details of cases under investigation” and “arbitrary detention of suspects.”

The nongovernmental organization said that the division, which is conducting the probe into corruption allegations against former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), had failed to address public concerns that its members were leaking information to media outlets.

In a press release distributed at a forum on judicial reform, the foundation said a spokesman for the division regularly released statements with basic information concerning the Chen investigation, but that media outlets were reporting details not included in those statements.

The law forbids the disclosure of details of cases under investigation, the foundation said, adding that the Ministry of Justice had asked the division twice in October to deal with the leaks but had not received any response.

The foundation also criticized the division for “arbitrary” detentions.

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