Moon Names Compliant Vice Minister as New Prosecutor-General


    May 04, 2021 08:25

    Prosecutor-general nominee Kim Oh-soo answers questions from reporters as he leaves his temporary office in Seoul on Monday. /Yonhap

    President Moon Jae-in on Monday named ex-Vice Justice Minister Kim Oh-soo as his new prosecutor-general.

    Maverick Prosecutor-General Yoon Seok-youl resigned on March 4 after a concerted campaign by the government to oust him as his corruption investigations got too close to President Moon Jae-in's inner circle.

    The government is determined to push through prosecution reforms, but what started as an effort to make it more transparent and less subservient to those in power has turned into its opposite.

    Kim is seen as a compliant figure who served under scandal-ridden justice ministers Cho Kuk and Choo Mi-ae and has himself been accused of scheming against Yoon before he resigned in April 2020.

    Kim said he feels a heavy responsibility being nominated at a "hard and difficult time."

    He has to go through a confirmation hearing in the National Assembly before starting his two-year term but is expected to be a shoo-in due to the ruling party's super-majority.

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