Tseng 'clique' accused of railroading Huang
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The independence of the country's judiciary was called into question again yesterday as media and commentators speculated about the role of former Minister of Justice Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) and his former ministry underlings in affecting the ongoing Legislature wiretapping investigation in which President Ma Ying-jeou, Premier Jiang Yi-huah and other senior officials testified the day before yesterday.
October 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) summoned Chunghwa Telecom officials and technicians to ask technical questions about the possibility of wiretapping the Legislature.
According to a report in yesterday's Chinese-language United Evening News (UEN) newspapers, some media and commentators contended that the investigation might well be an attempt to “strike back” at Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘), who allegedly ordered the wiretapping, by an anti-Huang clique headed by Tseng at the MOJ.
Such people were said to be Tseng's former proteges at the MOJ, including Chief Prosecutor Yang Jyh-Yeu (楊治宇) of the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office (TDOP), who allegedly summoned the president, the premier, former Presidential Office spokesman Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強), and Huang Shih-ming to testify just to “get even.”
Yang rejected the speculations, insisting “too much speculation,” which he called oversimplifications, “will adversely affect the investigation.”
“An investigation is dictated by evidence,” he said without elaboration.
The four were summoned by the TDPO because it hoped their testimonies would clarify the still clouded issue of what Huang and Ma discussed during Huang's two visits to the Presidential Office. Ma, Jiang and Lo were summoned as witnesses in the case, while Huang was listed as a defendant. The TDPO questioned each alone.
According to UEN, most of the country's prosecutors are either “Tseng's men” or “Huang's men.” The paper, however, quoted informed sources as saying Yang also is indebted to Huang, who had promoted him.
Tseng resigned on Sept. 6 in response to accusations that he had helped prevent an appeal against Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘); Tseng, however, insisted on his innocence.
Huang's recent revelation that prosecutors wiretapped conversations between Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Ker Chien-ming (王金平) in an effort to investigate a lobbying case fueled Ma's determination to unseat Wang and expel him from the ruling Kuomintang.
Meanwhile, an MOJ ad hoc group summoned Chunghwa Telecom employees to find out whether the Supreme Prosecutors Office Special Investigation Division (SID) had lied.
Specifically, group members asked Chunghwa officials technical questions about how the Legislature's E1 cable is installed and operates to find out whether their testimonies tally with what the SID told the group before deciding how to proceed with its own investigation.
The ad hoc group was formed by the MOJ to find out whether the SID had broken the law by eavesdropping on the Legislature.
In response to a question raised by a China News Agency reporter, Administrative Deputy Minister of Justice and group member Chen Ming-tang (陳明堂) said the group may summon Huang and the Taipei District Court judge who approved the wiretapping operations to testify in the future.