Greens call for official explanation as Chang Hsien-yao appears at court
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-25 05:17 PM
Chang Hsien-yao, former vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC,) appeared at Taipei District Court Monday morning to present his side of the story in his dismissal from his position at MAC August 14. Prosecutors questioned Chang for about two hours before releasing him and ordered him to remain at his residence pending further questioning.

After Chang’s appearance DPP spokesman Huang Di-ying held a press conference, noting that President Ma has had all documents related to Chang’s firing at hand for nearly two weeks, adding that he also received a petition from Chang asking him to explain the situation behind his sacking.

Huang said prosecutors should summon Ma to appear as soon as possible in accordance with the law to give a deposition in the case. In addition, National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung, MAC chairman Wang Yu-chi and Premier Jiang Yi-huah should also appear in court to ensure that prosecutors investigating the case will be aware of all the facts, and to make sure that national security and the national interest are not jeopardized.

Huang noted that Chang has stated publicly that he was “just a pawn following orders" at MAC. If Chang violated any laws by disclosing state secrets, said Huang, his superiors including President Ma, King Pu-tsung, Jiang Yi-huah and Wang Yu-chi should all be summoned to appear in court, to present their side of what happened in MAC’s decision to terminate Chang’s position as vice minister.

Huang pointed out that so far prosecutors have only carried out a search of the offices and residence of Chang Hsien-yao as part of its investigation. He noted that relying on evidence from MAC offices and Chang’s residence alone may not be enough, and prosecutors need to look elsewhere to obtain a more complete picture of what happened in this case.

Huang pointed out that MAC, the Investigation Bureau and the National Security Bureau have all released statements and information to the media which could have an impact on potential witnesses in the case and lead some to conceal or destroy evidence.

He added that procedures being following in investigating the case are a departure from procedures followed in most cases. This gives rise to doubts about the aims of the investigation and speculation as to whether prosecutors are seeking a scapegoat in the case. He urged prosecutors to use all the tools at their disposal including search and seizure, the summoning of witnesses and potential accomplices and other related measures that are a part of normal investigations.

Chang Hsien-yao has offered other civil servants advice on dealing with sensitive information. "When your superior entrusts you with something, if you do not have a printed copy with an official seal, you could be held liable for leaks. When involved in negotiations or external communication, take only stamped official transcripts to read, otherwise you could be accused of leaks. When you send documents to others, the best method is to use DHL or the post office, otherwise you could be held accountable for a leak. And even when you talk on the phone, be sure to make a recording, to protect yourself against suspected leaks."

Chang adds that he regrets that unfortunately all that has happened to him and his experience in the incident may make others uneasy about their own security and unable to feel at ease in carrying out their duties on behalf of the government.

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