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Su Ying-kuei avoids being pursued by grand justices

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Officials from the judiciary yesterday said that they are not going to take any legal action against independent Legislator Su Ying-kuei (蘇盈貴), even though Su failed to meet a Thursday deadline to disclose the identities of the two grand justices Su alleged had called him and tried to persuade him to veto the March 19 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Committee Statute (三一九槍擊事件真相調查特別委員會條例).

"We are sorry that Su refused to tell the truth. However, the grand justices will focus on reviewing applications for interpreting articles of the Constitution instead of arguing over such an issue or even filing a lawsuit over it," secretary-general of the Judicial Yuan, Fan Kuang-chun (范光群), said.

Fan made his remarks at a press conference yesterday afternoon because he, on behalf of the country's 15-member Council of Grand Justices, said on Tuesday that he would give Su three days to offer an explanation of the issue; however, Su did not make any comments.

The pan-green camp filed an application for a constitutional interpretation of the statute on Sept. 15.

On the application, Fan said that Judicial Yuan President Weng Yueh-sheng (翁岳生) and Vice President Cheng Chung-mo (城仲模), who are both grand justices, have requested to remain absent during sessions discussing the application due to political reasons, and their requests were approved.

Regarding Su's allegations, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Tsung-yi (陳宗義) filed a slander suit against him on behalf of the grand justices on Sept. 22. Chen filed the suit at the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office by reporting the case to prosecutors, who are expected to begin an investigation. Chen is not otherwise involved in the matter.

"Regarding Su's remarks, we [grand justices] decided to remain silent at this moment so prosecutors can carry out necessary investigations," Fan said. "They [prosecutors] have begun their work, so why don't we step aside and let them finish?"

Meanwhile, the president yesterday signed into law the investigation committee statute, according to Chen's deputy secretary, Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰).

The Constitution mandates that the president must promulgate a bill within 10 days after it has been forwarded from the legislature.

The statute would have become effective yesterday even if Chen had failed to sign it.

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