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S Korean top prosecutor offers to resign in protest of controversial bill

07-04-2011 16:53 BJT

SEOUL, July 4 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's top prosecutor offered to step down Monday in protest of a bill supposedly limiting the investigative rights of prosecutors.

Prosecutor-General Kim Joon-gyu's resignation offer came after the parliament passed a controversial bill allowing police to open investigations on its own under the supervision by the prosecution, details of which would be determined by a presidential decree.

The revision of the criminal procedural law reverses an earlier compromise between prosecutors and police that a decree by the justice minister, not the president, would suffice.

The revised bill angered the prosecutors, who think that it empowers police while limiting the investigative power of them.

Kim's resignation offer, which came only weeks before his official two-year stint expires, is yet to be accepted by President Lee Myung-bak, currently on an African tour.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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