Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-10-16 03:02 PM
The Supreme Prosecutors Office Special Investigation Division (SID) has been facing an investigation into alleged illegal wiretaps at the Legislative Yuan resulting from the accusations of influence peddling against Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and top DPP lawmaker Ker Chien-ming.
In its edition published Wednesday, the Chinese-language Next Magazine alleged that phone conversations between independent lawmaker Kao Chin Su-mei and Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan, who at one time were believed to be having an affair, might have been tapped as well. In addition, eavesdropping revealed that a top intelligence service official frequently visited prostitutes, Next Magazine reported.
DPP lawmaker Lin Chia-lung said Wednesday he had proposed seven amendments designed to put an end to unconstitutional eavesdropping. The measures included more restrictions on the usage of wiretaps, the issuing of warrants by a special court meeting, the expansion of the appeals procedure, the strengthening of the requirement to inform the subject of eavesdropping after the fact, and the publication of relevant statistical data.
At present, Ker could only sue the judiciary for forgery and for leaking confidential information, but he had no possibility of recourse directly relevant to the wiretaps, Lin said.
Interior Minister Lee said he did not hold a view about the report that his conversations with independent lawmaker Kao Chin might have been overheard. When the SID was investigating a case of vote buying in 2007, it reportedly placed wiretaps on Kao Chin’s cell phone but later destroyed the recordings because no evidence of a crime was found, Next reported. Lee said Wednesday he did not know whether his conversations had been overheard and he did not particularly care.
The Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Agency denied the Next Magazine report that it had placed wiretaps on the phones of a top intelligence service official. The weekly reported that the unnamed official was visiting prostitutes once every three days and maintained other relationships on the side. Because the situation was completely unrelated to the original reason for the investigation, the recordings had been destroyed, Next Magazine wrote.
Justice Minister Luo Ying-shay and Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming were scheduled to appear at the Legislative Yuan Thursday to face questioning by lawmakers about the recent report from a Ministry of Justice special taskforce about the eavesdropping case.
The team recently came to the conclusion that the wiretaps on the Legislative Yuan had been unintentional and that the 21 compact discs supposed to have contained the results of the eavesdropping were empty due to technical difficulties rather than tampering. The conclusions came under widespread criticism.
The convener of the taskforce, MOJ Vice Minister Tsai Pi-yu, and representatives of the Taipei District Court, the Judicial Yuan, the MOJ Investigation Bureau, the National Police Administration and Chunghwa Telecom would also be present at Thursday’s legislative meeting, reports said.
The decision to invite the minister and the top officials came after Ker and his DPP colleagues insisted Wednesday there should be a change of schedule to allow for the questioning about the taskforce report.