Pros­e­cu­tors to re­duce ‘di­rect in­ves­ti­ga­tions’

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL -

Pros­e­cu­tors an­nounced a plan Thurs­day to re­duce di­rect investigat­ion of ma­jor cases as part of ef­forts to pro­tect the public’s rights.

“We will move to min­i­mize our di­rect probe ca­pac­ity in coun­ter­ing ma­jor crimes such as (those re­lated to the) econ­omy, cor­rup­tion, public af­fairs, the de­fense in­dus­try and elec­tions that threaten the lives and safety of the public and dis­rupt the so­cioe­co­nomic or­der of so­ci­ety,” the Supreme Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice said in a state­ment.

The pros­e­cu­tion also said it will re­vamp its press pol­icy so that high-rank­ing pros­e­cu­tors or hu­man rights of­fi­cers can over­see me­dia-re­lated af­fairs while pros­e­cu­tors prob­ing the case solely focus on the investigat­ion.

Cur­rently, pros­e­cu­tors who are look­ing into a case are also re­spon­si­ble for me­dia com­mu­ni­ca­tions, rais­ing con­cerns about the fair­ness of the prac­tice and the risk it may in­fringe on the rights of sus­pects be­fore they are proven guilty.

The an­nounce­ment is the lat­est in the in­ves­tiga­tive agency’s self-re­form ef­forts. Ear­lier this month, the pros­e­cu­tion un­veiled plans to ban late-night ques­tion­ings and public sum­mons.

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