Bill to abolish SID awaits inter-party talks
CNATAIPEI--A Legislative Yuan committee decided yesterday to put forward a bill on abolishing a special investigation unit for cross-party consultations.
October 8, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The bill proposes an amendment to the Court Organic Act to pave the way for the abolition of the Special Investigation Division (SID) under the Supreme Prosecutors Office.
The Legislature's Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee has called several sessions to review the bill initiated by opposition lawmakers on the unit's fate over its role in the current political turmoil.
As members of the committee remained divided, Wu Yi-chen, an opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator who concurrently serves as one of the committee's two conveners, announced at the end of a morning session that the bill would be submitted for cross-party discussions.
It is unclear if any consensus can be reached during the follow-up inter-party negotiations on the SID's future.
The call for the disbanding of the SID is part of the political fallout from the current standoff between the legislative and executive branches.
The confrontation was sparked by the SID's Sept. 6 revelation that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng improperly lobbied the then-justice minister and a senior high court prosecutor in late June to urge a prosecutor not to ask for a retrial of a breach of trust case in which DPP Legislator Ker Chien-ming was the defendant.
The ruling Kuomintang, under the leadership of President Ma Ying-jeou as party chairman, said Wang brought shame to the party by compromising the independence of the judiciary. The party revoked his membership as punishment, a move condemned by Wang's supporters in the Legislative Yuan.