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Committee to post questions on Web

INVESTIGATION Rather than reach a conclusion about the assassination attempt, committee members have come up with a list of 10 unanswered questions

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The March 19 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Committee announced yesterday that it will list 10 major questions on the March 19 assassination attempt on President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and post them on its Web site.

Committee chairman Shih Chi-yang (施啟揚) also announced that Minister of Justice Chen Ding-nan (陳定南) and several other officials would face a NT$300,000 fine for violating the 319 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Commission Statute (三一九槍擊事件真調會條例) by not cooperating with the committee's investigation.

"We are proposing questions instead of coming up with any conclusion," said committee spokeswoman Wang Ching-feng (王清峰).

Wang said the committee is only proposing the 10 questions after its members reviewed the evidence and statements they collected from law-enforcement agencies and officials, as well as witnesses.

"This is going to be a rough report and a brief of our work over the past two months," she said.

According to Wang, the 10 questions include: Was there a second shot, why did the president's wound look like a knife wound, was the tissue sample from the president's wound contaminated and where did the bullets came from?

Wang said that the information would be posted on its Web site (www.the319.org) soon but at press time yesterday it was still not available.

Wang said that law-enforcement agencies had not been very cooperative with the committee whenever the committee members had visited them or summoned them for questioning.

As required by the 319 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Commission Statute, the committee members will brief lawmakers and Control Yuan members on their investigation next month.

The 10 questions

* Was there a second shot?

* Why did Chen's wound look like a knife wound?

* Why didn't the blood stain on Chen's clothes look like it was from a gunshot?

* Was the tissue sample taken from Chen's wound contaminated somehow?

* Why doesn't the damage to Chen's jacket look like it was caused by a bullet?

* Where did the bullets came from and where were they made?

* Why were there two bullet holes in both Chen's shirt and his pants, when the only wound was to the presi-dent's stomach?

* Was there any trace of explosives on the bullet shell found at the crime scene?

* Why did the bullet hole in Chen's underwear differ from the angle from which he was shot?

* Why did the fabric traces on the bullet not match the clothes worn by Chen on March 19?

Meanwhile, Shih Chi-yang (施啟揚) said National Security Council Secretary-General Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) and Minister of the Interior Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) would face fines along with Chen Ding-nan.

Shih said that the commission is empowered to borrow prosecutors from the Ministry of Justice but since the ministry brushed aside its request, the commission decided to fine Chen.

Shih said Su was fined because he had also resisted the commit-tee's investigation.

Wang said the committee had asked 23 government agencies and organizations to provide 52 documents and to answer to 66 questions raised by the committee.

Any government agency which failed to comply can be fined, as stipulated in Article 8 of the commission statute.

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