However, King’s defensive statements about the case have sparked fury among members of the Judicial Reform Foundation.
Foundation executive director Lin Feng-jeng (林峰正) said King had deliberately turned a blind eye to and played down the division’s perceived irregularities, which had been met with severe public criticism and underlined flaws in the nation’s judicial system.
Joseph Lin (林永頌), an attorney and a board member at the foundation, said King had clearly confused his status as a Republic of China diplomat with his position as former secretary-general of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), of which Ma is chairman.
“It’s debatable whether a diplomat should be involved in a political rift between the president and the legislative speaker. I’m afraid King has no idea what his job entails, otherwise he wouldn’t have commented on the matter before the Control Yuan and the Ministry of Justice’s prosecutor evaluation committee conclude their investigations into the case,” Lin said.