DPP condemns summons for secretary-general
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-08 02:55 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The opposition Democratic Progressive Party accused top prosecutors of a political plot Tuesday because they had summoned its secretary-general, Joseph Wu, without mentioning a reason.

Coming during the campaign for the November 29 local and regional elections, the summons could be interpreted as political interference, the opposition said.

Wu was served late last month with a summons by the Supreme Prosecutors Office Special Investigation Division (SID), the unit in charge of investigations into top government officials and politicians. It gained prominence with cases against former President Chen Shui-bian, who is now serving 20 years in prison.

However, the document listed him not as a witness or a defendant, but as a “concerned individual,” a category which did not exist under the law, the DPP said at a news conference Tuesday. In addition, the summons failed to explain the case Wu was supposed to appear for, according to the DPP.

The opposition party expressed the suspicion that the sudden move against its secretary-general was not only illegal, but also motivated by a desire to damage its chances in the year-end elections. The DPP said it could be part of a plot to harm Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, who appointed Wu as secretary-general after she returned at the head of the party last May.

The SID was breaking the law twice, once by using an inexistent term, and once by failing to inform Wu why he was being summoned, the DPP said. An opposition spokesman suggested prosecutors were trying to divert attention from a number of corruption scandals affecting government officials in several election districts, including Keelung and Taoyuan.

Critics referred to past actions by the SID against former President Chen and its role in last autumn’s political struggle between President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng in order to cast doubt on its motivations. With Tsai in office barely a month, KMT circles might try to damage her chances of leading the opposition to victory in the November elections, reports said. Tsai is also widely considered to be the frontrunner for the DPP nomination for the 2016 presidential election.

Wu was going to discuss with the party’s attorneys whether or not he would accept the summons and turn up at the prosecutors’ office, a DPP spokeswoman said.

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