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Probe KMT crimes: Lee

UNSOLVED CASES The former president said crimes committed by the party he once led should be in the terms of reference for the probe into the shooting of the president

By Chang Yun-ping  /  STAFF REPORTER

Any commission investigating the March 19 shooting of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) should also focus on unsolved crimes of persecution committed during Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) rule, former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) was quoted as saying yesterday.

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Legislator Cheng Chen-lung (程振隆) yesterday quoted Lee as saying that unsolved homicides, such as the murder of former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Lin I-hsiung's (林義雄) family, the apparent murder of professor Chen Wen-cheng (陳文成) and numerous killings during the Feb. 28 Incident in 1947 should also be investigated, rather than solely examining the election-eve assassination attempt on Chen Shui-bian and Lu.

"All these unsolved homicide cases happened during the KMT era and should be probed and treated in a manner identical to that for the March 19 shooting. Each of these older cases should be investigated as part of a special investigative commission to establish who should be held responsible and who should apologize," Cheng quoted Lee as saying. "Only in this way can we bring about a truly harmonious and united Taiwan. Otherwise, people might ask why the shooting of President Chen and Vice President Lu is being investigated in isolation, especially given that there is not yet any concrete evidence showing who attempted to assassinate them."

The legal status of the special investigative commission probing the March 19 assassination attempt is still unclear. The pan-blue camp is seeking to push through a draft statute authorizing the commission.


TSU legislators yesterday expressed reservations over the establishment and functioning of the commission, which they said may come into conflict with the investigative authority of the Control Yuan and the Judicial Yuan.

Cheng yesterday said an investigative commission should work in compliance with constitutional regulations or the TSU would not support its formation.

Cross-party negotiations yesterday reached a consensus to hold an extra legislative sitting on Aug. 12, with the KMT legislative caucus insisting on a review of the statute that would authorize the commission.

TSU Legislator Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘) yesterday said the party remained uncommitted on the extra sitting because negotiations had resulted in disagreements on which bills would be debated.

On the formation of the investigative commission, Chen Chien-ming said: "It is almost a private, supervisory organization and therefore its investigation has no legal binding.

"If President Chen insists on doing this, he has to set up separate investigative commissions for other murder cases such as the murder of the Lin family and professor Chen Wen-cheng," he said.

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