Report of wiretapping task-force due soon: MOJ
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) yesterday said that after questioning Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) on Saturday night, the task force investigating the controversial Legislature-wiretapping case will soon reach a conclusion.
October 7, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
A source said as the probe reaches a conclusion, the MOJ tends to consider that the bugging was an administrative mistake. The source said, however, that the conclusion will be made from a consensus of all the investigators.
The MOJ said that Huang was questioned for about 50 minutes, and that Special Investigation Division (SID) spokesperson Yang Jung-tsung (楊榮宗) and prosecutor Cheng Shen-yuan (鄭深元), who was in charge of the wiretapping operation in question, were questioned twice over the case.
The MOJ said Huang was previously to be questioned on Sunday; however, given that Typhoon Fitow was moving closer to Northern Taiwan on Sunday, the task force decided to summon Huang on Saturday night.
The task force is currently clarifying all the statements obtained from the people who are involved in the case, and will announce a result soon, the MOJ said.
The controversy drew attention when the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus revealed that the SID had monitored the Legislative Yuan's switchboard earlier this year.
On Sept. 28, after local media reported the incident, SID spokesperson Yang held a press conference and denied the accusations. Later, Huang held a press conference again and bowed and apologized over the controversy.
Huang claimed that the bugging was a mistake because the switchboard number bears a 10-digit phone number which is similar to a cellphone number. Huang added that the person in charge of the wiretapping mistakenly thought that the number belonged to one of DPP lawmaker Ker Chien-ming's (柯建銘) assistants.