SID denies abusing power in wiretapping of Speaker Wang
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Special Investigation Division (SID) yesterday said they did not abuse their authority in wire-tapping Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) but only legally monitored Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).
September 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Last Friday the SID revealed an illegal lobbying incident allegedly involving Wang, Ker, former Minister of Justice Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫), and Taiwan High Prosecutors' Office Chief Prosecutor Chen Shou-huang (陳守煌).
President Ma Ying-jeou later said the SID had informed him of the incident before making the information public.
Local press and several legislators over the past few days cast doubt over the SID's authority to monitor the speaker of the Legislative Yuan, saying the division may have violated the law by revealing ongoing investigation details to the president.
The SID said Prosecutor General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) did not leak confidential information to Ma but reported the content of audio recordings between Wang and Ker to the president in accordance with the constitution.
Given that the incident allegedly involves the former minister of justice and speaker of Legislative Yuan, Huang then reported it to the president, the SID said, adding that neither Huang nor the SID violated regulations.
The SID further noted that it had acquired permission from the Taipei District Court to wiretap Ker's phone, and subsequently stumbled upon the “key conversations” between Ker and Wang. The SID added that it has never monitored Wang.