Legislature stirred up with accusations against minister
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) legislative caucus yesterday said that the Special Investigation Division's (SID) accusations against Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) were designed to instigate infighting within the ruling party and the judicial system.
September 7, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The SID said yesterday that Tseng had helped prevent an appeal against DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), adding that it has handed the minister's case over to the Control Yuan for further investigation.
Ker reportedly approached Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) who then approached Tseng, in order to stop prosecutors from filing an appeal over his not guilty verdict. In 2008, Ker was indicted on suspicion of violating the Criminal Code and was later found guilty. The Taiwan High Court, however, overturned that ruling in June, but the prosecutor in charge of the case did not file for an appeal.
DPP lawmaker Wu Ping-Jui (吳秉叡) said that the SID's actions ran counter to the principle of separation of powers.
“This is clearly a case of Prosecutor General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) trying to topple Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu, (and a case of) President Ma Ying-jeou trying to topple Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng,” Wu added.
KMT lawmakers Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) and Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學樟), on the other hand, said that further evidence is required before a conclusion can be drawn.
Fellow party Legislator Liao Cheng-ching (廖正井), however, said that the SID's actions indicated bad blood between the prosecutor general and the justice minister, whereas KMT lawmaker Chen Shei-saint (陳學聖) urged the relevant authorities to get to the bottom of the case.
“(Given that) the SID (has the authority to) investigate the president, why can't it investigate the speaker of the Legislative Yuan?” Chen asked.
Taiwan Solidarity Union lawmaker Hsu Chung-hsin (許忠信) said that the public will not accept the SID looking only at the Justice Ministry in its investigation.