Posted April. 29, 2005 23:36,
Prosecutor General Kim Jong-bin said, We are not entirely against the Judiciary Reform Committees reform bill on the Criminal Procedure Code, on April 29, adding, There needs to be an alternative policy where a defendant who confesses his crime during an investigation can have his sentence shortened, or where one who reverses his testimony in court can be penalized.
The prosecutor generals comments imply that though the testimonial ability of the public prosecutors interrogations will be denied, he may follow the reform of the criminal procedure code that is being pushed forward by the presidential-affiliated Judiciary Reform Committee (joint chairmen of the committee: Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan, lawyer Han Seung-hun) if alternatives are given, such as plea bargaining or the installation of an obstruction of judicial administration crime.
However Prosecutor General Kim said, We are not planning to embrace the Judiciary Reform Committees bill conditionally, adding, There need to be further talks.
Meanwhile, prosecutors are organizing opposition movements and taking action against the Judicial Reform Committees reform bill, such as holding prosecutors meetings.