Government task force on Wang wiretapping case holds inaugural meeting
CNATAIPEI--A task force set up to investigate the wiretapping controversy involving the Special Investigation Division (SID) under the Supreme Prosecutors Office convened for the first time yesterday.
October 3, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
New Vice Justice Minister Tsai Pi-yu, who was named as the convener of the task force assembled the previous day, said she and the 10 other members — four justice officials and prosecutors and six legal experts — will discuss how the investigation should be conducted.
Tsai, who was appointed vice justice minister a day earlier, stressed that the investigation is an administrative one that will look into possible improper conduct by prosecutors.
Asked if the task force will question President Ma Ying-jeou or State Prosecutor-General Huang Shi-ming, Tsai declined to speculate, saying only that the members of the task force will decide who to question.
Concerns about the wiretapping conducted by the SID were raised after it was revealed Sept. 28 that the Legislature's switchboard was monitored earlier this year.
The SID reported a case against former Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu and High Prosecutors' Office Head Prosecutor Chen Shou-huang to the Control Yuan and a Ministry of Justice review board for prosecutors, respectively, on Sept. 6 for allegedly issuing an instruction not to appeal a court case against Legislator Ker Chien-ming.
Tseng and Chen declined to appeal the case after receiving calls from Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, the SID said, citing evidence such as phone records and recordings gathered from eavesdropping on Ker's phone conversations.
Tseng resigned after the SID made the accusation, while Wang's alleged involvement in influencing the court case against Ker has led to the ongoing political stalemate between the administration and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party.