Disciplinary Committee may discuss Ker Oct. 11
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Legislative Yuan Discipline Committee will discuss Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming's (柯建銘) case on Oct. 11 at the earliest, according to DPP lawmaker Chiu Chih-wei (邱志偉).
October 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Last month, Ker was accused by the Special Investigation Division (SID) of asking Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) to help prevent an appeal against his lawsuit, allowing him to walk away with a not-guilty verdict.
The event led to then-Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu's resignation and Wang's Kuomintang (KMT) membership being revoked. The ruling party and the speaker are currently embroiled in a lawsuit over an injunction that has allowed the latter to temporarily retain his membership.
Insisting upon his innocence, Ker submitted an application to have his case reviewed by the Legislature's Discipline Committee.
The committee yesterday held a meeting, during which members decided to hold a lottery to determine the conveners for each month from October to January.
According to the lottery's results, Chiu, fellow party lawmakers Chen Ming-wen (陳明文) and Hsueh Ling (薛凌) will be the committee's conveners for October, November and December respectively, while KMT lawmaker Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學樟) will be the committee's convener for January, representing the only ruling party legislator as convener.
The Disciplinary Committee usually convenes after a given case has been dealt with in a plenary session; however, Ker applied to have his case reviewed on his own initiative, and there are no precedents, Chiu said, adding that as this month's committee convener, he will call a meeting on Oct. 11 at the earliest to discuss how Ker's case should be dealt with.
Once a format has been agreed upon, the committee will hopefully review the case transparently and impartially, inviting Ker, Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) and President Ma Ying-jeou to give their statements, Chiu said.
He added that if deemed necessary, Wang will perhaps also be invited to give a statement.
Ker claims that he applied for a review on his own initiative, but the committee has yet to receive his papers, Lu said, urging the caucus whip to submit the relevant documents as soon as possible, so that the committee can make the necessary arrangements.
Lu further called on the other conveners, all of whom are DPP members, to treat the case in an impartial manner.
The Disciplinary Committee deals with legislators; having the president and the prosecutor-general make their statements would be a breach of jurisdiction, Lu said, calling the proposition highly inappropriate.