Fri, Dec 22, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Ministry to look into prosecutor's alleged bias toward China

ACCUSATIONS Morley Shih said he would ask the prosecutors' office to investigate DPP charges of unpatriotic behavior against Chang Hsi-huai

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Minister of Justice Morley Shih (施茂林) yesterday said that the prosecutors' office would look into allegations of unpatriotic behavior against the prosecutor in charge of the "state affairs fund" case.

Shih made the remarks when asked to comment on the allegation by Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Kuo-ching (林國慶) that Prosecutor Chang Hsi-huai (張熙懷) has a pro-China bias in his work.

"I didn't understand [the allegation], but I will ask the [Taiwan] High Court Prosecutors' Office to look into it to uncover the truth," Shih said. "We want to uncover the truth as it concerns the image of Chang and that of prosecutors as a whole."

"The prosecutors' office will clarify the allegation if it is wrong. If it is true, the prosecutors' office will do what it has to do," he said.

After accusing Chang of visiting China by taking leave for statutory reasons and abusing his position by reserving a special seat for a visiting Chinese academic at a hearing of the Taiwan Development Corp case, Lin yesterday called another press conference targeted at Chang.

Pointing to a speech by Chang which was posted on a Web site controlled by an official Chinese Internet service provider, Chang called China "our motherland."

Lin claimed the move has degraded Taiwan's sovereignty, adding the words "our motherland" had been replaced by the words "mainland China" after he had made the allegation against Chang.

"Chang's influence on China is beyond imagination. Otherwise, how could he make the change overnight?" Lin said.

In response, Chang said that "our motherland" was not the phrase he used, arguing that Lin's critique of him was not true.

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