Taichung chief prosecutor Chiang tapped as next prosecutor-general

Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen nominated on Friday Chief Prosecutor Chiang Hui-ming (???) of the Taichung branch of the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office to become Taiwan's next prosecutor-general.

In a statement from the Presidential Office, spokesman Alex Huang (???) said the president has decided to nominate Chiang and looks forward to the Legislature approving the candidate.

Tsai tapped Chiang to replace incumbent Prosecutor-General Yen Da-ho (???), whose four-year term ends on May 7.

The 63-year old chief prosecutor is a graduate of National Taiwan University's Department of Law and has previously served as chief and head prosecutor of several district prosecutors offices, including in Kaohsiung, Taichung, Miaoli and Pingtung, and in branches of the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office.

In his nearly 37-year long career in law enforcement, he has worked on judicial reform and helped the Ministry of Foreign Affairs get Taiwan removed from a list of drug-smuggling countries.

In an interview on the nomination, Chiang said he was extremely grateful and looked forward to this opportunity to serve the public and to continue to push for reform in the judicial system.

Chiang said he understood the public's desire for judicial reforms and will work with all prosecutors to make that possible.

Legislative caucus whip Ho Hsin-chun (???) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which holds a majority in the Legislature, said the party will arrange a review of Chiang's nomination as soon as possible.

The review will most likely take place after the three-day holiday next week, Ho said.

Meanwhile, opposition Kuomintang (KMT) caucus leader Lee Yen-hsiu (???) said the KMT will be looking at Chiang's handling of previous cases as part of their review.

Lee said Chiang was one of the candidates considered by the administration of Tsai's predecessor, President Ma Ying-jeou (???), for the prosecutor-general position, and he was somebody who has a good reputation in the system.

Regardless of who is nominated, Lee said, judicial independence must be a pre-requisite.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel