Control Yuan urged to investigate lobbying, SID
By Joy Lee,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Judicial Reform Foundation (JRF) yesterday urged the Control Yuan to investigate the allegations of Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) illegal lobbying in a lawsuit involving Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘)
September 17, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The JRF also demanded the Control Yuan look into the Special Investigation Division (SID) regarding potential violation of regulations in monitoring the case.
JRF board member Lin Yung-sung (林永頌) said both Wang and Ker are legislators, and as per Legislative Yuan practice they should both be investigated by the Discipline Committee.
Lin said former Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫), Taiwan High Prosecutors Office Chief Prosecutor Chen Shou-huang (陳守煌), and prosecutor Lin Hsiu-tao (林秀濤), who was in charge of Ker's case, are all civil servants so it is necessary for them to be investigated by the Control Yuan.
“The Control Yuan should be the one to confirm if there was illegal lobbying in Ker's lawsuit,” said Lin.
“The SID and Huang did not have the right to investigate administrative affairs or the power to check phone records,” Lin said, “and all these issues are evidence of the SID and Huang abusing their authority.”
Lin said that this is why the Control Yuan should carefully investigate all these issues and give the public the truth.
The SID yesterday said that it respects the JRF's moves, but the SID emphasized that everything regarding the investigation on Ker's case was legal.
According to the SID, the court did authorize the SID to monitor Ker regarding his alleged involvement in a corruption case, which led investigators to listen in on Ker's conversation with Wang — which was key to the allegations of illegal lobbying.
The SID said that Wang was never the target of the monitoring, so the investigation and the evidence did not break any regulations.
Power Against Ma
The Taipei City Government yesterday approved a protest against President Ma Ying-jeou that has been launched by senior media personality Ge Shu-ren (葛樹人).
According to Ge, the protest, which will take place on Sept. 29, will begin at Shifu Rd. and end in Ketagalan Boulevard. Ge asked whoever wishes to participate to wear black, saying this better represents everyone's frustration and anger toward the current situation in Taiwan.
Former Vice President Annette Lu yesterday held a press conference to ask legislators to propose a bill to impeach Ma as soon as possible for the safety of Taiwan.
Lu said that Ma is no longer suitable for his position as he has put Taiwanese in a “depressing” situation on account of his poor leadership. In light of this, Ma should consider tendering his resignation, Lu added.