The Control Yuan yesterday failed to impeach the nation’s top prosecutor at the center of a political storm involving President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平).
Despite repeated calls by the opposition for his resignation, state Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) gained some breathing space after the Control Yuan vote ended in a tie.
According to Control Yuan regulations, a tie is considered a vote against the motion.
The case stems from allegations that Huang leaked classified information by briefing the president on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 about an ongoing investigation into alleged improper lobbying by Wang. The incident snowballed into a political scandal following revelations that the Special Investigation Division (SID), which Huang heads, wiretapped the legislature.
Huang later apologized for what he said was the SID’s negligence in mistakenly wiretapping the legislature’s switchboard.
Huang was indicted on Nov. 1. He has said that he would step down if he was impeached over his role in the wiretapping of the legislature’s telephone line and alleged leaking of classified information.
Control Yuan member Hung Te-hsuan (洪德旋) —who initiated the investigation into the case after the Control Yuan received complaints by the Judicial Reform Foundation that said the government watchdog should look into Huang’s and the SID’s actions and determine their administrative responsibility in the case — declined to comment on the result of the voting.
He also declined to comment when asked by reporters whether he would refile the motion against Huang.
However, one Control Yuan member who wished to remain anonymous, voiced indignation over the voting result.
“I am very angry. People can’t tell right from wrong,” the official said.