Ker lawsuit prosecutor denies SID claims
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Prosecutor Lin Shou-tao (林秀濤) yesterday said she did not do anything wrong in regards to not appealing the not-guilty verdict of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming's (柯建銘) lawsuit.
September 12, 2013, 12:12 am TWN
Lin's comment came after Prosecutor General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘), who is in charge of the Special Investigation Division (SID), said on Monday that the SID will investigate and punish Lin's involvement in the alleged illegal lobbying incident.
The SID exposed an alleged illegal lobbying incident last Friday involving Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), Ker, former Minister of Justice Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫), and Taiwan High Prosecutors Office (THPO) Head Prosecutor Chen Shou-huang (陳守煌).
According to the SID, Ker received the official verdict on June 25. On June 28 and June 29 Wang allegedly illegally lobbied Tseng and Chen to ask Lin not to appeal Ker's not-guilty verdict, the SID claimed, adding that Lin heeded Chen's request and did not file an appeal against the verdict.
Lin said yesterday that initially she planned to explain everything in a prosecutor review committee meeting, but later changed her mind. “Why would I need to attend the meeting and be reviewed?” she said, arguing that she did not do anything illegal.
Lin said Chen talked with her about the verdict in Ker's lawsuit, and asked her to act in accordance with the law. She later discussed Ker's case with her senior officials. Lin said she had reviewed Ker's verdict, deemed it appropriate, and decided not to appeal the ruling. She added that her senior officials approved the decision.
“On Aug. 31 the SID summoned me for questioning,” Lin said. She added that she first thought the SID was questioning her for a criminal case investigation, and so she cooperated with them. She said that had she known the SID was conducting an administrative investigation, she would have told the SID “you don't have the authority to investigate my work.”
“The SID ordered me not to tell anyone about being questioned,” Lin said, adding that the SID “threatened” her, saying that if she told anyone she would face the consequences of leaking confidential information to the public.
Lin said that until she read local newspapers, she didn't realize that Huang reported her statement to the president immediately after her questioning. Lin added that what she told the SID on Aug. 31 might contain some mistakes, noting that her statement requires further examination to ensure accuracy.
Lin offered an example, saying that in her statement to the SID she said she received Ker's verdict on June 28. After double-checking, she discovered that she had actually obtained the verdict on the morning of June 27; Chen came to her to discuss the case that afternoon.
It is inappropriate to rely solely on her statement and then report the alleged incident to the president, Lin said.
Lin Shou-tao talks to media in her office in Taipei, yesterday. Lin was the head prosecutor in a lawsuit connected to Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming. She ...