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Prosecutor’s legacy in the balance

By Lin Feng-jeng 林峯正

Huang generally brushes off any criticism, making it quite clear that he does not believe there is anything to be investigated. This has placed him and the SID in a precarious position.

When the SID was established in 2007, its primary responsibility was to investigate corruption among senior officials, but from the outset it focused on investigating corruption cases involving officials from the pan-green camp. Its tendency to concentrate on subjects from one end of the political spectrum caused experienced prosecutors to remind it not to focus on any particular group, something of a taboo for prosecutors.

Public trust in the division was seriously eroded because the courts returned not guilty verdicts for the vast majority of the cases the SID brought.

It was not long ago that a prosecutor-general was first asked to step down for leaking the details of an ongoing case; Chen, the first to be ratified for the position, was impeached by the Control Yuan in 2010. Unfortunately, should this happen in the current situation, the only person to pay the price will be Huang. Will the SID be able to continue in the same way after he has gone, should he be made to stand down?

Lin Feng-jeng is a lawyer and executive director of the Judicial Reform Foundation.

Translated by Paul Cooper

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