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King to continue visiting police, investigators: NSC

TAIPEI--The National Security Council (NSC) said Sunday that visits by council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung to the National Police Agency and the Investigation Bureau are in line with relevant laws and he will keep doing so regularly, dismissing allegations that he had violated the Constitution.

The NSC secretary-general is legally allowed to visit agencies related to national security and receive briefings on their operations, the council said in its statement.

King will continue to make regular visits to agencies responsible for security affairs, it added.

The statement came in response to criticism by lawmakers of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and scholars who said King's action violated his duties as defined in the Constitution.

The council argued that on the contrary, it is within the scope of King's responsibilities, with the arrangements for the visits organized by the National Security Bureau, an agency under the NSC.

King's visits to the Investigation Bureau, the National Police Agency and the National Immigration Agency were aimed at learning more about national security developments and cross-Taiwan Strait issues, and did not intrude on the independent jurisdiction of those agencies, the council said.

King will make regular visits to other relevant agencies, including the Coast Guard Administration, the Military Intelligence Bureau and the Military Police Command, the council said.

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