Greater Taipei mayors discuss wiretapping case
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday said the Legislature wiretapping controversy has to be investigated thoroughly, noting that a democratic country should not permit illegal monitoring.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Chu said once the investigation is completed, anyone found responsible should be held accountable for their actions.
Chu's comment was referring to an incident in which the Special Investigation Division (SID) wiretapped the Legislature's switchboard.
Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘), who is in charge of the SID, has claimed it was unintentional.
It is not only the country but also the Kuomintang's misfortune that this incident has taken place, Chu said, adding that the most important thing for each and every citizen is for the government to work toward boosting the country's economy rather than stirring political crises.
When asked by the media if Chu will suggest the president drop the counter-appeal against Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng' injunction, Chu responded by saying it is correct to defend what is right and wrong, however the country and the people's interests should be the highest priority.
Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday said not only that the monitoring by the SID has proven to be reckless, but that this is only one of the many mistakes resulting from the SID's investigation.
The controversy has damaged the SID's public image and irreversibly harmed the people's trust in the judicial system, Hau said, noting that he believes Huang will make use of his “political wisdom” in solving the controversy, minimizing the damage, and restoring the judiciary system's credibility.
Hau on Monday said “human beings enjoy freedom from fear,” noting that he believes that “Huang will hold himself accountable” over the wiretapping incident.