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Indicted former prosecutor-general to retire on Tuesday

2015/01/05 22:44:43

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Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) Yen Ta-ho, head prosecutor of the Supreme Prosecutors' Office, announced on Monday that former Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming's retirement will take effect Tuesday despite a conviction for illegally leaking information.

Yen said in an interview Monday that he respected Huang's right to file for retirement.

The Ministry of Civil Service said earlier that Huang had met all the criteria for retirement, and that there was no reason to deny his request.

Yen said the prosecutors' office received Huang's retirement paperwork from the Ministry of Civil Service shortly before 5 p.m. Monday.

Huang took a personal day off on Monday to pack up his office, said Yen.

The former prosecutor-general declined to be interviewed.

Huang is accused of leaking confidential information to President Ma Ying-jeou over an alleged influence-peddling case involving Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming last year.

As the leak occurred days before the investigation was concluded on Sept. 5, 2013, prosecutors charged Huang with violating the Criminal Code and the Communications and Surveillance Protection Act.

Huang was found guilty by a district court and sentenced to 14 months in jail, becoming the first prosecutor-general to be indicted in a criminal case in Taiwan's judicial history.

Huang appealed the case, which is slated to be heard at the Supreme Court beginning on Jan. 8.

Ker, who was being pursued by Huang in another case when Huang discovered possible evidence of influence peddling, suggested that the former prosecutor-general had delayed court proceedings to preserve his retirement benefits.

According to the stipulation of the Judges Act, if a final court verdict in Huang's criminal case has not been issued by Jan. 6, his 30-year career will entitle him to a lump-sum retirement payout of NT$12 million or a monthly pension of NT$176,000.

(By Liu Shih-yi and Ted Chen)