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Chief prosecutor resigns

TAIWAN'S "prosecutor-general" Chen Tsung-ming has resigned after being impeached on dereliction of duty charges in the investigation into ex-leader Chen Shui-bian's corruption case, the island's justice department announced yesterday.

Wang Ching-feng, head of the justice department, said Chen Tsung-ming had submitted his resignation to the justice department after the impeachment was approved.

Chen Tsung-ming is the first chief prosecutor to have been impeached on the island.

A committee of Taiwan's supervision authorities passed the impeachment by a vote of eight to three, said a statement from the authorities. Seven members of the committee, against four, approved a decision demanding quick processing of Chen's case.

Chen was accused of having improper interactions with Huang Fang-yen, the family doctor and close friend of Chen Shui-bian, and failing to prevent Huang from fleeing to the United States in November 2008.


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