Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-10-19 04:39 PM
The committee meeting was initially expected to discuss when to question Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming about potentially illegal bugging of the Legislative Yuan and about his revealing of information about the investigation to President Ma Ying-jeou, but in a surprise move it decided to deal first with the allegations of influence peddling against Wang and Ker, reports said.
On September 6, prosecutors announced that wiretaps had helped them find out that Wang phoned Tseng on Ker’s behalf to show concern for an eventual appeal by prosecutors against a not-guilty verdict for the opposition lawmaker in an embezzlement case.
The three prosecutors involved in the case, Taiwan High Prosecutors Office chief Chen Shou-huang, Lin Shiow-tao and Chen Cheng-fen, would also be questioned on November 3, reports said.
The session could be attended by one representative each for television stations, printed media, the Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Reform Association, but recording would be banned, reports said.
The MOJ evaluation committee said it would also investigate Huang’s role in the wiretaps and the leaking of information, but a date for questioning had not been arranged yet. An MOJ ad-hoc committee decided earlier that Huang and two prosecutors should face the committee for eventual disciplinary action.
Saturday’s meeting was just one of many developments in the process to find out the truth about the allegations. Huang and the Supreme Prosecutors Office Special Investigation Division (SID) used wiretaps on the Legislature to find out about alleged influence peddling by Wang, while the top prosecutor also visited President Ma to reveal details about the investigation.
Earlier Saturday, Prosecutorial Evaluation Committee member Peng Wen-cheng said the group had phoned Huang, but the chief prosecutor had not given a time for the eventual questioning.
The committee was to discuss how the investigation should proceed and what kind of evidence and which witnesses should be called up, Peng said. Due to public concern about the case, the committee was planning to speed up its work, while the prosecutors targeted for evaluation had a maximum of two weeks to respond to an invitation, he said.
None of the prosecutors to be questioned had refused to appear, though none had accepted an invitation either, Peng said. The official letters notifying them of the committee’s requests had not arrived yet, but each of them had been informed by phone, according to Peng.
The conversations between Ker and Wang were tapped by the SID, which later heard Tseng inform Wang that the problem had been solved. The justice minister was forced to resign over the incident. Chen Shou-huang and Lin denied they had given in to political pressure, and said the decision to forego an appeal against Ker had been motivated by the merits of the case.
The Prosecutorial Evaluation Committee said it would visit the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau headquarters in Hsintien, New Taipei City, on October 22 to understand the details of wiretapping.
Huang has refused to resign over the incidents, but the Taipei Prosecutors Office and the Control Yuan are investigating him as a defendant. The former also questioned the president, a presidential aide and Premier Jiang Yi-huah as witnesses because Huang informed them about the investigation against Wang.