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Taiwan Quick Take: Lu raises eyebrows again

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday puzzled analysts with a comment on the susceptibility of the president to prosecution. Some had said the president should take a few months off while he was investigated over corruption allegations swirling around the Presidential Office, Lu said. She asked participants celebrating a Lawyers' Day function in Taipei whether the scope of "prosecution" in Article 52 of the Constitution might be unclear. She also asked whether taking time off could be interpreted as taking leave of office, apparently implying that the president could be liable to criminal prosecution if he did so. Lu said she was trying to safeguard the legal profession's faith in the Constitution. "So long as we have a legal system, we should be serious about safeguarding the law and the Constitution," she said. The Article states that "the President shall not, without having been recalled, or having been relieved of his functions, be liable to criminal prosecution unless he is charged with having committed an act of rebellion or treason."

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