Wed, Dec 15, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Grand justices to announce 3/19 injunction verdict

INTERPRETATION The justices will announce whether they will issue an injunction against the March 19 committee or let it continue operations

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The grand justices are due to announce at 5pm today their decision whether the March 19 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Committee should be suspended.

In the lead-up to their decision today, the grand justices organized three debates and invited local academics, law enforcement officials, lawyers and government officials to argue both for and against suspending the committee.

According to sources, it is "quite possible" that the grand justices will decide to keep the committee but announce invalid parts of 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) that are unconstitutional. If that happens, the committee will see its powers curtailed.

Today's announcement is based on the application for an interpretation article to the Constitution filed by the legislative caucus of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Sept. 15, after the passage of the statute. Pan-green legislators also attached a temporary injunction request against the committee along with the application.

The grand justices will announce today their decision regarding the temporary injunction request. It is also possible for grand justices to announce their interpretation article at the same time.

Usually, it takes six months to a year for grand justices to come up with an interpretation article after an application for one is filed.

Judicial Yuan President Weng Yueh-sheng (翁岳生) said that all the details of the interpretation article will be posted on its Web site in English, German and Japanese, when it is released.

"It is my understanding that many foreign friends of ours care about the case as well. It took us some time to translate it into foreign languages but I think it is worth it. We welcome more friends with their criticisms of our judicial system so we can keep making progress," Weng said.

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