Speaker calls for truth amid phone tapping allegations
CNATAIPEI--A controversy over phone tapping by the country's Special Investigation Division (SID) escalated Saturday, with an opposition lawmaker charging that the Legislative Yuan's phone had been monitored and the legislative speaker calling for the truth to be revealed.
September 29, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
“Eavesdropping on the parliament of a democratic country is an unbelievable action,” Legislative Speaker Wang Wang Jin-pyng said.
The truth must be told, he added.
Earlier in the day Legislator Ker Chien-ming, a caucus whip of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), told the press he had received notice from the court that the wiretapping of his phones had been discontinued, following his acquittal in a breach of trust case.
The notice listed several numbers that had been under surveillance, including his cell phone number and the Legislative Yuan's switchboard number 0972630235, Ker said.
“Even the parliament was being monitored,” Ker said at a press conference at the Legislative Yuan, which was also attended by DPP legislators Wu Ping-jui and Kuan Bi-ling.
At the news conference, Wu and Kuan both called the 0972630235 number from their cell phones and an amplified response was heard saying, “This is the Legislative Yuan. How do you do...”
Ker denounced what he called the SID's abuse of authority and called for the special unit to be scrapped.