Ma won't sweep Wang case under the carpet
CNATAIPEI--President Ma Ying-jeou respects a High Court ruling that went against his Kuomintang (KMT), but he will not compromise on revoking Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's party membership for influence peddling, a spokeswoman said Monday.
October 1, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
“President Ma upholds judicial independence and judicial discipline and will not simply sweep the influence peddling case under the rug,” said Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li.
The Taiwan High Court on Monday rejected the KMT's appeal of an earlier district court ruling that allowed Wang to temporarily retain his party membership.
The KMT revoked Wang's membership on Sept. 11 largely at the urging of Ma, who doubles as the party's chairman, after prosecutors alleged five days earlier that Wang had tried to use his influence to get a prosecutor in charge of a breach of trust case not to appeal a court verdict.
But Wang won a reprieve on Sept. 13 when the Taipei District Court granted his request for an injunction against the KMT's move.
The ruling allowed him to retain his rights as a KMT member and his job as the legislative speaker until a separate civil suit on the legitimacy of the KMT's punitive action is decided. “President Ma will respect the latest court verdict and will continue referring to Wang as 'legislative speaker' until the injunction is lifted,” Li said.
Nevertheless, Li said, Ma will stand by his position on defending judicial independence and judicial discipline and will not compromise on the decision to revoke Wang's party membership. The Special Investigation Division under the Supreme Prosecutors Office has referred the case of Wang's alleged influence peddling to the Control Yuan for further investigation.