Legislature passes motion to suspend SID from probes
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed an extemporaneous motion to suspend the Special Investigation Division (SID) from investigating current and new cases.
October 1, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Four Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers and four opposition legislators attended yesterday's session at the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee. According to local reports, KMT lawmaker Hsieh Kuo-liang (謝國樑) did not vote against the extemporaneous motion, leading to the motion's passage.
Hsieh said that there have been a lot of disputes regarding the SID, so it is reasonable to temporarily stop it from investigating current and new cases.
Meanwhile, Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) said that he will take responsibility if the SID was involved in illegal wiretapping.
Huang admitted to KMT caucus whip Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) that he felt frustrated because the public hasn't focused on Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming's (柯建銘) involvement in influence peddling.
“Due to oversight, the prosecutor in charge of this case and I did not find out until the 28th that 0972630235 is actually the Legislative Yuan's switchboard number,” said Huang. “I was really upset after discovering the mistake, but this is definitely not a case of illegal wiretapping ... I will not shy away from my responsibilities if the wiretappings were illegal.”
The SID apologized for erroneously wiretapping the Legislative Yuan's switchboard number.
SID spokesman John Chang (張進豐) said that investigators were shocked after discovering that they had tapped the Legislature's switchboard number by mistake.
According to the spokesman, Taipei District Court approved the wiretapping.
The court, however, said the SID told it that the number belonged to Ker's assistant, which is why it had approved the wiretapping.
Chang explained that the investigators were not able to record anything, which is why there were not aware that they were tapping the Legislative Yuan's switchboard.
The spokesman added that the SID will do better in the future.
The SID earlier admitted that it had monitored a telephone number for a month in May, thinking that the number belonged to a specific individual. The SID, however, refused to disclose what it had recorded, saying that the case had been closed and that the content couldn't be made public.
Executive, Judicial Yuans to Review Monitoring System: Jiang
Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday that the Executive Yuan and the Judicial Yuan will work together to review the nation's monitoring systems.
“Wiretapping is practiced by all democratic states,” Jiang said. “But it must be done legally.”
The premier said that the Investigation Bureau has formed a task force to investigate the SID, and that the public will be given an answer soon.