Sat, Dec 04, 2004 - Page 2 News List

`Indictment' row continues

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

State Public Prosecutor-General Wu Ying-chao (吳英昭) yesterday said that he requested the Hualien District Court to speed up the hearing on Hualien Prosecutor Lee Tsu-chun's (李子春) "indictment" of Ketagalan Institute Vice President You Ying-lung (游盈隆), but this did not interfere with Lee's work.

Wu made the remarks yesterday in response to Lee's complaint on Thursday that Wu was taking advantage of his position as the country's top prosecutor and asking the court to decline his "indictment." According to Wu, Lee's "indictment" was not officially announced by the prosecutors office, so it will not be regarded as legal.

"I never meant to get involved in any prosecutor's work," Wu said. "For Lee's `indictment,' I merely requested the Hualien District Court to finish the necessary legal process as soon as possible. Lee's `indictment' will eventually be rejected because it is illegal. I do not have to emphasize that to the court," he said.

Lee on Wednesday announced an "indictment" of You for violating the Public Officials Election and Recall Law (公職人員選罷法), without first gaining the approval of his superiors. The Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Prosecutors Office both declared the indictment illegal on Wednesday.

"A 1986 Supreme Court verdict clearly states that an indictment will not be a legal indictment before it is approved and endorsed by the prosecutor himself, his chief prosecutor and prosecutor-general," Wu said.

"When the endorsement is completed, it must be announced and published by the prosecutors' office. Obviously, Lee's `indictment' did not go through all the necessary process," he added.

Wu said that Lee's "indictment" will be rejected, but the Hualien District Court is currently organizing hearings to discuss over the matter. Now that the case is being processed by the court, the Supreme Prosecutors Office can not and will not interfere with judges' duties and authorities. Chinese-language media reported that the Taiwan High Court Prosecutors Office is planning to assign its prosecutors to join the Hualien District Court's hearings on Lee's "indictment" and its withdraw before judges come up with a decision.

"This is not true and we are not doing anything special to the case, since it has been submitted to the court," said a press release by the Hualien District Prosecutors Office.

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