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Wiretapped lawmakers want answers

‘POLITICAL TOOL’:Yesterday’s ‘Next Magazine’ reported that another 13 former and sitting lawmakers had been wiretapped by the SID, some of them for years

By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Rich Chang  /  Staff reporters

At a press conference, DPP legislators raised questions about whether the ministry was lying when it said that the legislature’s central exchange could not be recorded.

DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) said the Hualien District Prosecutors’ Office had wiretapped the line in 2007 for a bribery case allegedly involving then-legislator Tang, and it recorded telephone conversations through the wiretapping.

Wu showed Hualien District Court’s transcripts of telephone conversations that were obtained through the wiretapping.

The ministry said the recording was made by wiretapping a personal telephone that made calls to the legislature’s general line.

Meanwhile, lawmakers on the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee formed a task force to probe the wiretapping controversy and passed a resolution authorizing the task force to examine Huang’s telephone records and records of Huang entering the Presidential Office and Ma’s residence to report on the alleged improper lobbying case involving Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Ker, as well as documents from the ministry, the Judicial Yuan and the National Police Agency related to wiretapping.

The ministry concluded earlier this month that the SID’s wiretapping of the legislature’s switchboard stemmed from administrative errors, rather than a deliberate attempt to eavesdrop on legislators, but lawmakers across party lines doubted the conclusion.

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