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Control Yuan members suspected of corruption

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien (王建煊) yesterday confirmed that he is investigating Control Yuan members Li Ful-dien (李復甸) and Ma Yi-kung (馬以工) on suspicion of influence peddling since none of his colleagues were willing to do so.

The Control Yuan is the R.O.C.'s highest government supervisory body.

Last year, Control Yuan Secretary-General Chen Feng-yi (陳豐義) was impeached for destroying files in defiance of the Archives Act (檔案法). His case was subsequently handed over to the Judicial Yuan's Commission on the Disciplinary Sanctions of Functionaries (公懲會).

The "files" that were destroyed contained fliers and multiple copies of the same document, Chen said, maintaining his innocence.

Wang, who hasn't conducted an investigation in five years, said that he launched the probe to determine whether or not Li and Ma had pressured the Ministry of Justice to prosecute Chen.

Chen's case can be regarded as comprising two halves, one of which is the impeachment process currently being handled by the Commission on the Disciplinary Sanctions of Functionaries, and the other is the incident in which an unidentified person reported Chen to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office (北檢), Wang said.

Former acting Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang (陳明堂) confirmed that Li and Ma had approached him to supply additional information on the Control Yuan secretary-general.

Wang said that if Li and Ma had wanted to supply additional information, they should have given that information to the Judicial Yuan commission, as opposed to giving it to prosecutors through the acting minister.

Control Yuan Case Far More Serious Than Legislative Yuan Case: Wang

This case is far more serious than the alleged influence peddling incident involving Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), the president of the Control Yuan said.

The speaker and Ker were accused of getting the prosecution to not file an appeal, whereas this case involves Control Yuan members getting the prosecution to expedite a prosecution, the chief ombudsman said.

The investigation has been ongoing for almost three months in secrecy, Wang said, adding that if he wanted to influence the nomination of Control Yuan members, he could have announced the existence of the investigation earlier.

The chief ombudsman said that he may not be able to finish the investigation before his term expires, but if instances of illegal conduct are discovered, he will not exclude the possibility of launching an impeachment.

Last year, Wang blasted the Control Yuan for failing to impeach Keelung Mayor Chang Tung-jung (張通榮) twice for influence peddling, adding that if the Control Yuan cannot carry out justice it might as well be shut down.

Afterward, 19 Control Yuan members issued a joint statement criticizing Wang in defense of the Control Yuan's integrity.

Incidentally, Chang was yesterday sentenced by the Taiwan High Court to one year and eight months in prison without probation.

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