Prosecutors petitioning to boycott interpellation
By Katherine Wei ,The China PostThe Prosecutors Association yesterday launched a petition to boycott an interpellation session in which prosecutors were asked to attend.
October 22, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
According to Wu Shen-chih (吳慎志), chairman of the association, it is not prosecutors' duty to attend interpellations; moreover, the Legislature violated its constitutional authority by asking prosecutors to attend an interpellation.
Along with several other members of the Special Investigation Division (SID), prosecutor Yang Jung-tsung (楊宗榮) failed to turn up at a recent interpellation session, an act that was criticized by lawmakers as “contempt for the Legislature.”
The association announced its opposition to the Legislature's attempt to “kidnap and manipulate” prosecutors under the pretense of reviewing next year's national budget. The prosecutors also slammed lawmakers for making the reviewing process into an inquisition aimed at sniffing out prosecutors' involvement in the recent wiretapping case.
“The Legislature's investigation and interpellation rights are not to be used to question individuals who are already subject to investigation by prosecutors. Prosecutors have a right to investigate cases without being interrupted by other government ministries or departments,” said Wu.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus yesterday blasted the Prosecutors Association, stressing that the Legislature was not attempting to interrogate individual prosecutors.
“The association's remarks are misleading to the public and immoral. The Legislature had invited the prosecutors to elaborate on the wiretapping case in order to confirm the legitimacy of the Justice Ministry's investigation report on the case,” said DPP lawmakers.
Wu noted that many prosecutors had already signed the petition, adding that 70 to 80 percent of prosecutors in the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office strongly opposed the interpellation.