President Moon Jae-in has ordered South Korea's prosecution to create a fair anti-corruption system that can be maintained no matter who leads the organization.
"I believe the task is to establish a fair anti-corruption system that is not swayed, no matter who takes the place of Prosecutor-General Yoon Seok-yeol. I ask that the prosecution establish a complete system that responds strictly to corruption, while ensuring human rights, democracy and fairness in its investigation and indictment procedures."
This was during the fifth meeting of the Anti-Corruption Policy Consultative Council, also the first since it was expanded to work on promoting fairness.
Among the dozens of officials there was Prosecutor-General Yoon Seok-yeol making this his first face-to-face with the president since the highly-controversial case surrounding ex-justice minister Cho Kuk.
In a separate message directed at the prosecution, President Moon credited the organization for achieving a fair level of neutrality as well as its active push for self-reform.
But he instructed the prosecution to work closely with the Justice Ministry for a more complete reform that meets the public's demands.
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President Moon highlighted the need to get rid of the preferential treatment enjoyed by powerful people especially in legal affairs to end their influence in investigations and trials.
He also called for impartial education and employment so that people are selected for their abilities rather than their regional and family backgrounds.
And the president raised the importance of a special unit investigating corruption by high-level officials, which will help the country take a step closer to justice and to completing what he calls his government's "mission."
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.