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Control Yuan pulls bid to impeach top prosecutor Huang

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Control Yuan yesterday held their second meeting to review the proposal for the impeachment of Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘); however, as some of the members deemed the information insufficient, the Control Yuan members who raised the proposal decided to withdraw the case.

Huang was indicted by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office over allegations he leaked information on an ongoing investigation to President Ma Ying-jeou, which involved Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

Huang is the first top prosecutor to be indicted in Taiwan's history.

In light of this, Control Yuan members Wu Feng-shan (吳豐山) and Hung Teh-shuan (洪德旋) earlier in November proposed the impeachment of Huang. The first round of the impeachment, however, failed due to a tie vote.

The Control Yuan was previously scheduled to hold the second round of meetings over the proposal on Dec.10 but failed to convene due to lack of a quorum.

As Huang's impeachment proposal has drawn a lot of media attention, local commentators speculated that the reason many members chose not to attend the meeting was because they could not bear the pressure.

Nine members attended the meeting yesterday, just reaching a quorum.

A member who attended the meeting, refusing to be named, said they discussed the proposal for over two and a half hours, noting that every member expressed their opinion and some of them deemed the information submitted by Wu and Hung to be insufficient, and thus requested that the two of them offer more information about the case.

After the meeting, Wu and Hung told local press that they will withdraw the proposal and resubmit it in accordance with the Control Yuan's regulations.

Huang previously said that if the Taipei District Court finds him guilty, or the Control Yuan impeaches him, he will resign from his position immediately.

The Prosecutors Personnel Review Committee (PPRC) under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) on Dec. 14 concluded that Huang had committed a total of seven transgressions regarding the investigation of the alleged influence peddling case. The PPRC requested that the MOJ transfer the case to the Control Yuan, and recommended that Huang be impeached and removed from office.

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