If the president or allied high-ranking officials break the law, a flunky will not dare to investigate and prosecute them. However, when it comes to high-ranking officials belonging to different parties or factions from the president, such flunkies will eagerly begin to sharpen their knives, regardless of the evidence.
When legislators decided to establish the SID, they probably did not imagine that it would not just fail to tackle corruption among high-ranking officials, but instead end up getting involved in political struggles, framing people and turning the truth on its head. Surely the only thing that can be done with an SID like this is to abolish it.
Joseph Lin is a director of the Judicial Reform Foundation.
Translated by Julian Clegg