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Prosecution-police feud over probe power reform Updated: 2019-05-16 17:07:29 KST

For further discussion on this issue, we're now joined by lawyer KIM Hyung-jin.


1. Prosecutor-General Moon Moo-il held the much-anticipated press conference this morning. As expected, he slammed fast tracking of investigative power reform bill but he also vowed to make efforts to reform the prosecution. How did you see the press hearing?

2. Getting down to details on prosecutorial reform, the prosecution chief said he will make efforts to drastically reduce the prosecution's direct investigations, let go of the prosecution's certain exclusive authority, and expand ways of filing a motion on cases closed by the prosecution so that it can remain in check. How do you assess his reform plans?

3. Prosecution chief Moon Moo-il said the fast-tracked investigative power reform bill 'contradicts democratic principles' and could breach citizens' basic rights. Could you elaborate on what the prosecution is concerned about?

4. Prosecutor-General Moon also said that a suggestion made by Justice Minister Park Sang-ki recently on ways to make up for the insufficient parts of the judiciary reform bill, was not enough. What exactly did the Justice Minister suggest, and why is Prosecutor-General Moon against it?

5. The police, meanwhile, argue that enough check and balance measures are included in the probe power reform bill and so the bill should be tabled the way it is now. Do you agree?

6. According to the reform bill, the police will have the authority to start and close a case without an approval from the prosecution. Could you tell us the pros and cons of granting the police such authority?

7. Tensions are escalating between the prosecution and the police over judiciary reform. Prosecutors detained former police chief Kang Shin-myung, for allegedly intervening in elections during the previous Park Geun-hye administration while the police have launched an investigation into current and former high-level prosecutors' alleged dereliction of duty. Do you expect the friction to intensify from this point on?

8. The most important thing is to make sure citizens' rights are not violated. What do you think is the best way to settle the investigative authority feud so the people of Korea could be best protected by law?

9. The judiciary reform bill has been designated as fast-track but there are more procedures left before the adjustments are finalized. Since you've practiced law in the U.S., could you tell us how the investigative authorities are systemized in the U.S. and also is there anything we can learn from the U.S. system?
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