Prosecutor-general denies power abuse in lobbying scandal
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) yesterday morning denied he had abused his power in an allegedly illegal lobbying case involving Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).
September 10, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Huang, who is in charge of the Special Investigation Division (SID), said that the SID neither abused its authority by wiretapping Wang nor leaked confidential information from an ongoing incident to the public. Huang added that the SID has not violated any regulations in regard to the case's investigation.
The SID last Friday claimed that Wang asked former Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) and Taiwan High Prosecutors' Office (THPO) Chief Prosecutor Chen Shou-huang (陳守煌) to prevent an appeal against a not guilty verdict handed to Ker earlier this year.
The SID, at the same time, disclosed the content of audio recordings between Wang and Ker and records of calls between Wang, Tseng and Chen to public.
Several legislators and the local press have argued that it is against the law to report an ongoing investigation to the president, and that the SID has also violated the Personal Information Protection Act by making private conversations public, adding that call records are not valid proof of illegal lobbying.
Huang said it was “not illegal” to expose the content of audio recordings between Wang and Ker to the public as their conversations contained illegal information rather than personal details. He called the incident the biggest scandal in Taiwan's judicial history.
Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) speaks at a press conference yesterday in Taipei. Huang, who is in charge of the Special Investigation Division (SID), said that the SID ...