Shaming the legislative speaker? Ma aide says no
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- A day after President Ma Ying-jeou was accused of shaming Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng in an influence peddling case, a presidential aide said yesterday that it was Wang who showed no respect to the judicial system.
September 11, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
“The moment Wang used his influence to call (Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker) Ker Chien-ming, (Justice Minister) Tseng Yung-fu and Chen Shou-huang (head of the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office), the justice system was shamed,” said Lo Chih-chiang, deputy secretary-general of the Presidential Office.
“It is not that President Ma who has not shown Wang a basic level of respect. It is Wang himself who has not accorded basic respect to the judicial system,” Lo said.
A special prosecutors unit alleged on Friday, Sept. 6 that Wang improperly lobbied Tseng and Chen to use their influence in a breach of trust case in which Ker was the defendant.
Ker was found not guilty in a third trial after being found guilty in two previous trials, and Wang allegedly asked Tseng and Chen to urge the prosecutor in charge of the case not to appeal the not-guilty verdict and not to push for another trial.
The prosecutors office has not indicted anybody in the case, however, because there was no evidence that money or other rewards changed hands for the lobbying efforts.
Lien Supports Wang
The president has come down hard on those involved in the incident, especially the legislative speaker's role in it, to the dismay of former Vice President Lien Chan, now an honorary chairman of Ma's party, the Kuomintang (KMT).
Lien criticized the way Ma treated Wang and his move to have a KMT disciplinary committee decide Wang's fate on Wednesday.
Ma concurrently serves as the chairman of the KMT.
For the sake of party solidarity and the country's stability, Lien did not want the case to rock the nation, according to Lien's spokesman.