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Taiwan plans new anti-graft agency in wake of judicial corruption scandal

07-21-2010 08:50 BJT

TAIPEI, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Taiwanese authorities announced Tuesday the establishment of a new anti-graft agency, in the wake of a corruption scandal involving several high court judges.

The anti-graft agency will be similar to those in Hong Kong and Singapore and will be affiliated to the judiciary department, Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou told a press conference.

Ma said he has already asked the judiciary department to set up the new agency.

The establishment of the new agency will require law amendments and the approval of local legislature.

"I am very much determined to have clean government," Ma said.

The island has been hit by a series of scandals involving law enforcement departments recently.

In June, several Taichung police officers were found to have improper relations with gangsters and to have gambled in underground casinos.

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