Top Office Unveils Plans to Reform Police, Prosecution, Spy Agency

Write : 2018-01-14 14:26:09 Update : 2018-01-14 14:33:10

Top Office Unveils Plans to Reform Police, Prosecution, Spy Agency

The presidential office has announced plans to reform the country's three major investigation agencies – police, prosecution and the spy agency.

​Cho Kuk, the senior presidential secretary for civil affairs, unveiled the reform plans in a news briefing on Sunday afternoon at the presidential office.

​In a move aimed at preventing abuse of power by the organizations, the government will create a new office under the auspices of the police to take over anti-espionage cases from the National Intelligence Service.

​Under the plans, the spy agency will not engage in domestic politics and hand over its anti-espionage cases to the police and only focus on gathering intelligence on North Korea and foreign issues.

​The government also plans to keep the police department in check, by separating investigative and administrative police branches. It will also introduce new self-autonomous police agencies under the direct leadership of all major autonomous local governments, including municipal governments.

​Meanwhile, the prosecution's power to directly investigate cases will be limited only to special cases, while high-profile corruption cases involving senior public officials will be handed over to a planned independent investigative body.

​Reforming the spy agency and the investigative organizations was one of the key election pledges of President Moon Jae-in.

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