Wed, Oct 13, 2004 - Page 3 News List

DPP wants 319 committee gagged

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Presidential Office Secretary-General Su Tseng-chang, Democratic Progressive Party Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung, Premier Yu Shyi-kun and Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh -- left to right -- launch the party's campaign for the year-end legislative elections yesterday.

PHOTO: GEORGE TSORNG, TAIPEI TIMES

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials yesterday urged the convener of the March 19 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Committee Shih Chi-yang (施啟揚) to ban committee mem-bers from publicly commenting on the investigation.

The DPP officials said such commentary only exposed the essence of the committee, which was contempt for the law.

In a news conference held after the DPP's weekly Central Standing Committee, the officials showed video footage from two call-in TV shows aired Monday night in which committee member Yeh Yao-peng (葉耀鵬) announced his opinion of the investigation and his suspicion that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) faked the shootings.

"Yeh's behavior gave the game away. The investigative committee is simply a means for the pan-blue camp to denigrate the president," DPP Deputy Secretary-General Chung Chia-pin (鍾佳濱) said.

"We strongly suspected that the pan-blue camp wanted to use this committee to overturn the results of the presidential election in case it loses the election lawsuit that will be judged soon," Chung said.

Chung said committee members are supposed to obey a gag order, but Yeh has been talking about his theories on shootings ever since March 20 and has continued to do so despite being chosen as a committee member.

Chung asked Shin to make it clear to the committee members that they cannot comment on the case.

"Otherwise, people will quickly perceive the illegitimacy of this organization," Chung said.

According to Chung, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said during the DPP meeting that the committee should be told that judicial procedures cannot be sacrificed.

In related news, Chung said DPP headquarters would not get involved in the debate over whether the party should expel former Examination Yuan member Tsai Wen-pin (蔡文斌), who volunteered to join in the investigation committee. The DPP has asked its members not to support the committee.

Chung said that the party branch in Tainan City will handle the case.

"But it is obvious that Tsai diverges from the party's stance," Chung said.

Earlier in the day, the DPP launched four campaign teams for the December legislative elections.

The teams will be led by DPP Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄), Premier Yu Shyi-kun, Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) to help boost momentum for the campaign.

According to Chang, 108 campaign rallies will be held around the country, starting this Saturday and running through the middle of next month.

Each of the four campaign team leaders is responsible for hosting 27 rallies.

Chung said the DPP is quite optimistic about its election chances, based on its latest poll.

He said the pan-green camp has reached the "magic number" of 110 to 115 probable legislative seats, moving the DPP closer to its goal of dominating the Legislative Yuan.

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