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DPP accuses SID of wrongly questioning Wu

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused the Special Investigation Division (SID) for violating the law when it summoned party Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮)for questioning.

Listed as an 'interested party' in a recent subpoena from the SID, Wu was supposedly summoned for no apparent reason; which the DPP stated had violated the Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法) on Monday.

It was unclear whether Wu would be appearing in court for this case.

According to the DPP, the code stated that the SID should have listed the origin of the case and the identity of those summoned, whether as a defendant or a witness.

Wu himself stated yesterday that he did not know the reason why the Special Investigation Division (SID) had summoned him for questioning, but that he was not worried as he has always been a law-abiding citizen.

"People have been guessing if (the subpoena) was related to the Presidential Office's lost document case that happened over six years ago, but I left my post at the Presidential Office over 10 years ago," said Wu, who added that the reason for the subpoena was left blank.

KMT spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said on Monday that the DPP held a press conference in order to insinuate that the questioning of Wu was "politically motivated" and possibly part of a "conspiracy to destroy Tsai," all of which the SID denied.

"When the lost document case was made public in March, 2011, everyone thought it was ridiculous, because the usual procedure for government documents is to be passed to superiors for approval and then sent back to the original department (that issued the document). Nobody keeps these with them. It is unbelievable that a case regarding the said standard operation procedures is appointed to the SID," said Wu.

Wu's family was also worried about him being summoned, but Wu stated that his "reputation was (clean) for everyone to see."

Three DPP members have received a subpoena, including himself, said Wu. The remaining two officials were reportedly concerned over the questioning, but they were reluctant to publicize the news.

"The existence of the SID was supposed to be for the investigation of large-scaled corruption cases, but document related cases are not anywhere involved in corruption and bribery cases...this is common sense," said Wu.

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