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INTERVIEW: Fair elections No. 1 concern: Investigation Bureau head

The Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau is stepping up investigations into possible foreign interference in the run-up to the Nov. 24 nine-in-one elections, bureau Director-General Leu Wen-jong, who took office on Sept. 20, said in an interview with ‘Liberty Times’ (sister newspaper of the ‘Taipei Times’) staff reporter Lin Ching-chuan

One good example is the case of Chinese People’s Liberation Army intelligence officer Zhen Xiaojiang (鎮小江) who came to Taiwan to set up such a network. Another is the unsuccessful attempt by [former Chinese student] Zhou Hongxu (周泓旭) to form a cell in Taiwan.

Then there was the case of retired Taiwanese military officer Pien Peng (邊鵬), who was found to be helping the Chinese gather military secrets.

Over the past five years we have handled 52 national security cases involving 115 people.

LT: What are your expectations for bureau staff?

Leu: The bureau has a long and lustrous tradition. It has shown outstanding performance no matter whether it is protecting national security or investigating crime. Of course, the bureau is also facing some new challenges and responsibilities.

Right now, the bureau’s most important job is to investigate election bribery and ensure the fairness of the elections. Second, it is to maintain national security and protect social order. Third, it must preserve procedural justice and ensure law-based governance. Fourth, it must strengthen its partnerships and inspire teamwork; and fifth, it must use technology to improve its innovative services.

I want to create a better work environment for bureau staff, free up more energy for investigations and help the bureau fulfill its role as an institution that belongs to the nation and to the people, is innovative and technologically advanced, and values human rights.

Translated by staff writers Sherry Hsiao and William Hetherington

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