Commenting on the matter, KMT Legislator Liao Cheng-ching (廖正井) said he saw it as “sheer infighting” in the government’s judiciary system.
Tseng and Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) have had a frosty relationship, caused partly by Tseng having rejected Huang’s suggestions for the appointments of a number of chief prosecutors, Liao said.
The SID, led by Huang, was driven by the “mindset of revenge” against Tseng to look into the case, Liao added.
The allegations against Tseng deserved to be investigated, but that did not make the infighting situation less worrisome, Liao said.
Liao also expressed concerns over eavesdropping on and surveillance of lawmakers by SID prosecutors, saying that the actions have contradicted the SID’s repeated pledges not to do so.
KMT Legislator Apollo Chen (陳學聖) held a different view, saying the SID should continue its investigation into the case to get to the bottom of what were the roles the accused had played in the case.
Some KMT members, including KMT Policy Committee head Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) and Legislator Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學樟), spoke up for Wang, saying the SID’s statement failed to prove that Wang had illegally exerted his influence to urge the SID to drop the case. There is a gray area between legal lobbying and influence peddling, they said.
The DPP caucus said the SID’s referral of Tseng to the Control Yuan for possible impeachment was unprecedented, a case in which prosecutors referred a government official to the government watchdog, which violated the separation of powers under the Constitution.
“It seemed to me that it was an internal struggle of the Ma administration — infighting between Ma and Wang and between Huang and Tseng,” said DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡), a former judge.
The longstanding tension between Huang and Tseng has been an open secret, but it was suspicious that the SID called the press conference when Wang was out of the country, Wu added.
It was also unusual for the SID to announce the results of its investigation, but decide not to probe further into Wang and Ker, citing legislative self-discipline, Wu said.
Commenting on the matter, Lin Feng-jeng (林峰正), executive director of the Judicial Reform Foundation, said it was strange the SID was in a rush to announce the investigation despite Tseng and Chen not having been summoned for investigation.
Lin added that he could not care less about whether the investigation was politically motivated because the important thing was if the influence peddling occurred.