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Reform blueprint

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Independence of prosecution key to success

Justice Minister Cho Kuk announced a blueprint for prosecution reform Tuesday, one month after taking the helm of the Ministry of Justice. The key points of the reform are to prevent the law enforcement agency from abusing its authority and to protect the human rights of criminal suspects.

For this, the ministry plans to reduce the prosecution's "excessive" power to conduct direct investigations into criminal cases. Thus the agency is required to cede much of its investigative rights to police. The Moon Jae-in government and the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) have already presented a fast-track bill to readjust the investigative power between the prosecution and police.

In order to better protect human rights, Minister Cho vowed to ban prosecutors from publicly disclosing details about charges........

© The Korea Times