Commentators yesterday questioned the impartiality of the prosecutor investigating the alleged misuse of Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou's (
Prosecutor Hou Kuan-jen (侯寬仁) should hand over the investigation to another prosecutor, the experts said.
"Ma was the witness at Hou's wedding ceremony, which indicates their good relations," former senior adviser to the president Peng Ming-min (
Peng said that according to the Criminal Procedure Code (
Lin Ching-tsung (
Y.C. Kao (高湧誠), executive director of the Judicial Reform Foundation, said that the Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers who filed the corruption suit against Ma could apply for a transfer of the investigation if they were concerned about bias. The Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office would then have to make a public ruling on the application.
He said if that were to happen, the prosecutors' office would have to explain to the public why the investigation should or should not be transferred.
The head of the Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office, Hsieh Wen-ding (
The office's spokesman, Chang Wen-cheng (