Legislative speaker called to testify in prosecutor cases
CNATAIPEI--The Prosecutor Evaluation Committee under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has decided to summon Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and an opposition lawmaker for questioning as witnesses in an investigation into alleged prosecutor misconduct, a committee member said yesterday.
October 20, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Wang and Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Ker Chien-ming will be asked to answer questions by the evaluation committee on Nov. 3, Peng Wen-cheng said.
The committee, consisting of eight members, made the decision at a meeting earlier in the day while discussing two high-profile cases involving allegations of influence peddling, leaks of confidential information and illegal wiretapping.
They involve State Prosecutor-General Huang Shyh-ming and two prosecutors serving at the Special Investigation Division (SID) that Huang supervises, as well as Taiwan High Prosecutors' Office head prosecutor Chen Shou-huang and prosecutor Lin Shiow-tao.
Huang and the two SID prosecutors were found by an independent MOJ investigation panel to have improperly leaked secret information to President Ma Ying-jeou and mistakenly wiretapped the Legislative Yuan earlier this year as it was pursuing Ker.
Chen and Lin allegedly responded to improper lobbying from Wang and decided not to ask for a retrial in a breach of trust case in which Ker was the defendant.
Ker was found not guilty by the High Court and being found guilty in previous trials. Prosecutors in Taiwan can appeal not guilty verdicts.
The exposure of the cases and the alleged abuses triggered a political battle between Ma and Wang and also sparked public fears of the overuse or misuse of wiretapping to gather evidence in criminal cases.