Sat, Jul 16, 2011 - Page 8 News List

Lee indictment is as hollow as Ma

By Lin Cho-shui 林濁水

So what is the crime that Lee is supposed to have known he committed? Since the establishment of the Taiwan Research Institute was a matter of policy, the institute should not have to pay back the funds, despite the irregularities that have come to light (the money embezzled by Liu is another matter).

However, the result of the strife between Lee and Chen was that Chen canceled the appointment of the Taiwan Research Institute and that is why the institute finally had to return the money. The indictment really is full of absurdities.

It would not be acceptable if prosecutors only brought charges against ordinary people and let the rich and powerful go, but now that alarm bells are ringing over Ma’s prospects for re-election as president, and with Lee calling on voters to dump Ma it is apparently alright for prosecutors to ignore the letter and spirit of the Code of Criminal Procedure by transplanting the Hsu case to Lee.

If even a former president can be treated in such a malicious manner, what legal protections are there for the rest of us?

Lin Cho-shui is a former Democratic Progressive Party legislator.

TRANSLATED BY JULIAN CLEGG

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