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New justice minister, Huang grilled on wiretapping

By Rich Chang and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporters

Huang should offer to resign to “save himself some dignity,” while the KMT should act in a responsible manner to urge Huang to step down, Lee said.

The KMT caucus meeting did not decide on Lee’s motion.

KMT Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) demanded that Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) apologize to the public for the alleged irregularities in wiretapping.

In a statement, People First Party legislators Thomas Lee (李桐豪) and Chen Yi-chieh (陳怡潔) issued three demands: that the legislature establish a special commission to investigate the matter, that officials involved in the surveillance of telephone conversations be referred to the judiciary for investigation, and that chief officials who lie about the alleged irregularities step down.

In related news, in an interview with BCC Pop Network yesterday morning, Jiang said wiretaps make everyone uneasy whether they are up to something illegal or not, but it is a means to crack criminal cases even in a democracy.

Jiang said the government would not tolerate illegal wiretapping and would examine the system to limit law enforcement agents’ use of wiretaps.

The tapping of the legislature switchboard should not lead to the conclusion that SID should be abolished, Jiang said.

“This was two different issues,” Jiang said, adding that the government was willing to review the system on which the SID was established to ensure the independence of the judiciary, Jiang said.

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