Premier criticizes Koo for disclosing court details
By Lauly Li, The China Post
August 1, 2014, 12:45 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) was quoted yesterday by Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) as saying that lawyer Wellington Koo (顧立雄) allegedly disseminated untrue information about Jiang regarding the eviction from the Executive Yuan on March 23.
Jiang's remarks came after Koo told local media that the premier during an undisclosed court session on Wednesday said that Jiang gave an order to Taipei Police Commissioner Huang Sheng-yung (黃昇勇). Koo claimed that Jiang told the judge that he demanded Huang expel all the protesters from the Executive Yuan compound before office hours on March 24.
Over 2,000 protesters against the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement stormed the Executive Yuan compound on the night of March 23 in an attempt to occupy the nation's highest administration building. The demonstrators were evicted by the police officers under orders from the premier.
Of the evicted demonstrators, 23 of them jointly pressed charges against Premier Jiang, National Police Agency Director-General Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞), Huang and Zhongzheng First Precinct Chief Fang Yang-ning (方仰寧) for attempted murder and causing injury.
The Taipei District Court on Wednesday summoned the aforementioned four people as defendants to explain their decision-making process regarding the eviction and the measures used during it. All of the defendants appeared at the court. Koo, as one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, also attended the court session.
Undisclosed Court Session
The court session was an undisclosed hearing so people not involved were not allowed to observe the session and the attendees could not reveal proceedings to the public, the Taipei District Court said.
During the Cabinet's weekly press conference, Sun said that as the judge had demanded that all the plaintiffs, attorneys and the defendants not disclose the content of the case to the public, stressing that Koo should not disobey the judge's demand.
Sun said, moreover, that what Koo told the media was very different from the truth, stressing that Koo was disseminating untrue information to the public. The premier strongly protested against Koo's remarks and behavior, Sun said.
When asked to specify the "untrue" information of Koo's remarks, Sun said he could not tell the media as the Executive Yuan has to abide by the judge's demand to not reveal information to the public.
An official of the Cabinet who refused to be named commented on Koo's remarks, saying that Jiang did not give the order to Huang. Instead, Jiang gave the order to Wang.