Ma asked to testify over information leak case
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo , The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei District Prosecutors Office recently contacted the Presidential Office to inquire when the president would be available to testify over charges against Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘), according to local reports.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
District prosecutors have recently been charged with investigating the prosecutor-general over accusations that he had illegally disclosed confidential information to the president.
The prosecutors office said that it has so far received more than 20 reports from the public accusing the prosecutor-general of illegal conduct in relation to the Special Investigation Division's (SID) probe into the “influence peddling” case involving Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).
All of the reports indicate that the SID investigation was closed on Sept. 5, but that the prosecutor-general had visited the president at his residence on Aug. 31 to report on the case, leading to suspicions of illegal disclosure, the prosecutors office said.
The prosecutors office added, however, that it cannot disclose the progress of its investigation, but that the prosecutors in charge will act in accordance with the law.
Local reports came out yesterday claiming that prosecutors have contacted the Presidential Office to set a time and date to question the president as a witness.
The SID said on Sept. 6 that then-Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) and Taiwan High Prosecutors Office Chief Prosecutor Chen Shou-huang (陳守煌) had illegally prevented an appeal against Ker at Wang's behest, letting the caucus whip off the hook with a not-guilty verdict in a breach of trust lawsuit.
The SID determined that the case did not involve criminal violations but that it did involve administrative violations, closing its investigation the day before it made its statement.
In subsequent press conferences and interpellation sessions, the prosecutor-general confirmed that he had visited the president on Aug. 31 at his residence to report the administrative aspects of the case, and that the president had requested his presence the following day to inquire more about the details.