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South Koreaís Minister of Justice Kim Jeong-kil and Prosecutor General Lee Myung-jae turn in their resignation papers today to President Kim Dae-jung. The Presidential Office is now deliberating over the replacement of both positions, which could be finalized as early as next week.

The resignations come after the death in custody of a murder suspect, who was allegedly tortured. Prosecutor General Lee issued a public apology, citing responsibility as head of the prosecution for the deplorable and illegal acts during the suspectís interrogation, and his subsequent death. Furthermore, he stated the severity of these acts since the prosecution is responsible for protecting human rights.

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