SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Yonhap) – President Moon Jae-in has tapped a judge as the new vice attorney general, Cheong Wa Dae announced on Wednesday amid simmering controversy over the ministry’s move to punish South Korean prosecutors for alleged ethical errors and other misdeeds.
The appointment of Lee Yong-gu, who served as a judge for more than 20 years, came just a day after Vice Attorney General Koh Kee-young made apparent protests against Justice Secretary Choo Mi-ae’s urge to take disciplinary action against the prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl had submitted his resignation.
Koh is a key member of the department’s disciplinary committee due to meet on Friday to consider the matter.
Lee served as Assistant Attorney General for Legal Affairs for two years and eight months as of August 2017.
Cheong Wa Dae cited not only his legal expertise, but also his high level of understanding of the affairs of the ministry.
He is expected to “help resolve upcoming issues, including prosecutor reform, in a fair and neutral manner and stabilize the organization,” Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok said in a statement.
Lee is due to take over the post on Thursday, he added.