Sat, Dec 28, 2013 - Page 1 News List

Disclosure of ‘September strife’ probe demanded

By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Rich Chang  /  Staff reporters

Jiang told the court that he met with the president on the evening of Aug. 31 at the presidential residence in Taipei after Huang briefed Ma earlier the same night about the alleged improper lobbying case involving Wang.

Jiang said Ma told him that the investigation had been completed and that the SID had concluded that Wang was guilty of executive misconduct, but not a criminal offense.

Asked why Huang went to Jiang’s office and briefed him about the case on Sept. 4, the premier said Huang did so because Ma asked him to.

Jiang said that Huang gave him a report on the investigation during the meeting, which he has since destroyed.

He said he destroyed the report because it was not an official document and also because the SID later made public the information during a press conference on Sept. 6, at which it accused Wang of improper lobbying.

Jiang told the court that if he were Huang, he would also have reported the case to the president and the premier once the investigation had been completed because the case concerned Huang’s superior, the legislative speaker and legislators, and it was a significant matter.

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office on Nov. 1 indicted Huang for contravening the Criminal Code and the Communication Security and Surveillance Act (通訊保障及監察法).

While Huang briefed Ma on the investigation on the night of Aug. 31 and Jiang on Sept. 4, it was not until Sept. 5 that the SID concluded its investigation and decided not to press criminal charges against Wang or Ker.

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