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Justice ministry to craft informer protection bill

2012/07/11 21:09:52

Taipei, July 11 (CNA) The Ministry of Justice plans to complete a first draft of an informer protection bill by year-end, against the backdrop of the recent exposure of a bribery case involving a former senior Cabinet official, said Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu on Wednesday.

Tseng said the case, exposed in the media by a businessman, has highlighted the fact that the current protection and incentives for witnesses and informers are not comprehensive.

The ministry has been urged to draft a whistleblower act that would encourage the public to report crimes without fear, Tseng said. The ministry will hold public hearings on the bill as soon as the draft is completed later this year, he added.

The proposed bill will detail criminal and administrative responsibilities in cases of corruption, identify agencies to deal with the whistle-blowing process, and detail specific measures to protect informants, Tseng said.

Tseng made the remarks at the ruling Kuomintang's Central Standing Committee meeting, in a presentation on the justice ministry's efforts to prevent corruption.

Under the current law, informers who expose corruption are eligible to receive a reward of NT$300,000 (US$10,022) to NT$10 million if the accused are found guilty in court.

The most recent case involved former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih, who was allegedly caught on tape discussing a bribe. The story broke in late June after the tape was made available to the media by a businessman.

(By Lee Shu-hua and Kendra Lin)
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