Sun, Jul 18, 2004 - Page 3 News List

KMT reaches a consensus on shooting probe

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has proposed amending the draft statute establishing a committee to investigate the March 19 assassination attempt on President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) to allow the president of the Control Yuan to convene the committee but to exclude the participation by legislators and members of the Control Yuan.

The KMT has also proposed that the committee consist of nine members, with all legislative caucuses nominating members. The candidates would be experts in relevant fields. The number of candidates each caucus would recommend would be in proportion to caucus size.

"The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus would recommend three candidates, the KMT caucus two, the People First Party (PFP) two, the Taiwan Solidarity Union one and the alliance of independent lawmakers one," KMT caucus whip Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) said yesterday.

Tseng said that the KMT proposes that the committee should be able to order prosecutors to investigate aspects of the case.

"But the KMT version of the statute still needs to be reviewed and discussed within the KMT-PFP task force that is charged with promoting the passage of the statute," Tseng said.

"Because the KMT has now reached a consensus on the statute, I will convene the task force soon to discuss the statute, and try to have the KMT and PFP caucuses reach a consensus before Aug. 12 [the starting date of the interim legislative sittings]," KMT Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) said.

While the KMT wants the president of the Control Yuan to convene the committee, the PFP earlier rejected the idea, preferring for committee members to choose the convener from among themselves.

The DPP caucus decided earlier this week that it would wait until the KMT-PFP alliance decided on a proposal for a statute before offering its own version or an amendment to the pan-blue's version.

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) announced earlier this month that he would like to form a committee to investigate the shooting. Chen appointed Control Yuan President Fredrick Chien (錢復) as committee chairman.

Chien has suggested members for the committee, including legislators from various parties -- but how the committee would actually carry out its duties will depend on how the statute is written.

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