Bill seeks to abolish law that creates Special Prosecutor’s Office
A bill was again proposed to repeal the law that establishes the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
Senate Bill No 10-111 was introduced by Senate President Hokkons Baules during the Senate’s session last March 14 and it seeks to repeal 2 Palau National Code (PNC) SS 501-507, a law that establishes the Office of the Special Prosecutor and give the President an authority to appoint a Temporary Special Prosecutor subject to the confirmation of the Senate. [restrict]
The Section 2 of the proposed bill cited that the “Temporary Special Prosecutor shall act as the prosecutor for the national government in any case in which the Office of the Attorney General is unable to prosecute because of an actual or potential conflict of interest or other ethical considerations.”
The bill also indicated the functions of the Temporary Special Prosecutor which include the authority to investigate and prosecute national and state governments who are linked to allegations of violations of Palau Constitution, Republic laws, laws of the Trust Territory, and the District Code laws and including the failure to implement these laws.
Aside from that, the Temporary Special Prosecutor is also tasked to act as the prosecutor for the national government in any other cases in which the office of the Attorney General is unable to prosecute due to actual and potential conflict of interest or other ethical considerations, among any other functions and duties.
The bill was introduced to the Senate weeks after Special Prosecutor Steven Killelea resigned from his post in early February this year, citing that he is heading back to the United States with his family after his wife, Nicolle Fagan, acquired a job position at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium. (Rhealyn C. Pojas/Reporter) [/restrict]