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Control Yuan team questions officials over decision to halt plant's construction

STAFF WRITER

A special Control Yuan investigation team yesterday questioned Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) and other officials in its review of the Cabinet's decision to halt construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant (核四).

Vice Premier Lai In-jaw (賴英照), Minister of Economic Affairs Lin Hsin-yi (林信義), Director-General of the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics Lin Chuan (林全) and Taiwan Power Chairman Hsi Shi-chi (席時濟) were also interviewed for almost three hours by the investigation team at the Taipei Guest House yesterday.

The team -- made up of legislators Huang Chin-jenn (黃勤鎮), Chang Teh-ming (張德銘), Li Shen-yi (李伸一), Lin Shih-chi (林時機) and Li You-chi (李友吉) -- is attempting to determine whether the Executive Yuan's decision to scrap the nuclear power plant was illegal or involved malpractice.

According to the panel members, if the premier is found responsible for a procedural flaw, he might be issued a warning, a correction or might even be impeached.

If the 29 members of the Control Yuan decide to impeach the premier, the case will be referred to the Committee on the Discipline of Public Functionaries (公懲會) for a final ruling.

Yu Hung-chun (俞鴻鈞) was the only premier ever to be impeached on charges of wasting state resources in 1957.

At a press conference later yesterday, the legislators said they will try to close the case as soon as possible in order to ease the dispute over the power plant issue.

"A decision will be made within one or two weeks," one panel member said.

The panel members yesterday also said that the verdict recently reached by the Council of Grand Justices (大法官會議) will be one of the key reference points for the investigation.

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