Prosecutor-general's phone logs requested in wiretapping probe
By Katherine Wei ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The investigation team belonging to the Legislative Yuan's Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee announced yesterday that they would seek the disclosure of all of Prosecutor- General Huang Shih-ming's (黃世銘) detailed call records (DCR) during his term in office.
October 24, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
The team held its first meeting yesterday to designate files and documents to be retrieved in assisting the investigation into alleged wiretapping of lawmakers by Huang and the Special Investigation Division (SID). Conversations between Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and opposition lawmaker Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) which arguably connoted influence-peddling were revealed after Ker's cell phone was tapped by the SID.
Also included in the list of to-be-retrieved files are the detailed call records of the SID's switchboard since its establishment; those of the phone lines of prosecutors Huang and Yang Jung-tsung (楊榮宗); those of Attorney Investigators Ho Chi-fei (何其非) and Lin Fang-yi (林芳怡) since their employment at the SID; and the SID's application to tap Ker's phone.
Records of Huang's telephone conversations with President Ma Ying-jeou would be appropriated as well, the investigation team said.
According to Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lin Hung-chi (林鴻池), despite the Legislature's authority to ask for files that are relevant to an investigation, the ultimate word determining access to these files would be Huang's, as access rights to the information in question are guarded by the Personal Information Protection Act.
“The records that concern President Ma should not be accessed; (a forced probe) may violate the constitution, and therefore we ask that the investigators deliberate carefully. An explanation for needing the files would be in check whether they obtain the files or not,” said Lin.
Justice Minister Lo Ying-shay (羅瑩雪) said that she would not be able to make the decision for Huang, but that she would relay the opinions of the lawmakers to Huang.
The Law Governing the Legislative Yuan's Power states that the investigation team established by the Legislature is allowed to ask for files for reference, and that the departments or officials requested to submit the said files are to comply in five days, or deny the request with a reason supported by law.
After the investigation team broached its request, Huang announced through SID spokesman Chang Chin-fung (張進豐) that the demand was “illegal” and that he would not be submitting his detailed call records.
Local media outlets reported that the SID had also tapped another 15 legislators, including KMT Legislator Hsieh Kuo-liang (謝國樑) and former Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wang Shih-chien (王世堅), an allegation that the Justice Ministry denied yesterday.