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DPP lawmakers slug it out over prosecutor Chang

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was divided yesterday over whether legislators should criticize the political stance of Prosecutor Chang Hsi-huai (張熙懷), who is in charge of the "state affairs fund" case.

For three days Chang has been attacked by DPP Legislator Lin Kuo-ching (林國慶) for his alleged political inclinations, saying that he harbored pro-China sentiment. Chang has said he does not have any particular political affiliation.

Former DPP legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) on Friday said that DPP members should apply the same standard to the defense lawyers in the case.

Tuan's remarks were later criticized by DPP Legislator Wang Shih-cheng (王世堅), Taipei City Councilor-elect Chuang Jui-hsiung (莊瑞雄) and Tainan City Councilor Wang Ting-yu (王定宇).

On a TV talk show this week the three DPP politicians called Tuan a drag on the party for criticizing the party "at critical moments."

Tuan told a press conference yesterday that he felt wronged by his DPP colleagues because they had "twisted" his comments.

Tuan questioned whether the three members had evidence to back up their claims against the prosecutor and urged party officials to clarify whether the party allows members to criticize each other "without evidence."

In response, Wang told reporters that the situation was different because he would never have fired criticism at individual DPP mem-bers as Tuan had done.

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