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DPP lawmakers accuse Ma of collusion with judiciary

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday accused Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of colluding with judiciary personnel to attack Frank Hsieh (謝長廷).

At the press conference, DPP legislative caucus whip Wang Sing-nan (王幸男 ) showed a letter that he said he had obtained from an informant.

The letter said that Pai Po-wen (白博文), an investigator at the Department of Investigation in Kaohsiung, had told Taipei City Department of Labor Affairs Director Su Ying-kuei (蘇盈貴) at a private meeting that he would provide Su with confidential information concerning alleged scandals involving Hsieh.

"The information [KMT Legislator] Chiu Yi (邱毅) used before came form me [Pai] and it crushed [President] Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) ... I will continue to give you [Su] information on Frank Hsieh's political contributions in relation to the cases that are still being investigated," the informant wrote, alleging that these words were Pai's to Su.

The informant said that Pai had had the conversation with Su in a meeting which Su's wife, former KMT Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Huang Chun-ying (黃俊英), as well as Huang's wife, also attended.

The meeting took place on Jan. 27 at a room on the 12th floor of the Grand Hi Lai Hotel in Kaohsiung, Wang quoted the informant as saying.

Wang said they had verified the information and found it to be true.

Part of the information came from Su's blog, DPP Legislative caucus whip Wang Tuoh (王拓) said, adding that some of the accusations Su had made against Hsieh in his online articles were similar to what they had learned from the informant.

"This proves that Pai was Su's source," Wang Tuoh said.

Arguing that exposing politicians who had colluded with people working in the judicial system would damage the reputation of the judiciary, Wang Tuoh said that since Su had been a close aide to Ma, "it was highly possible that Ma is also involved."

"Ma has to come clean on whether he is the mastermind behind all this," he said.

DPP lawmakers have asked that Bureau of Investigation Director-General Yeh Sheng-mao (葉盛茂) discipline the investigators who leaked the confidential information to politicians.

Su denied the accusations yesterday, adding that he could file a defamation lawsuit against the legislators.

"They will pay for making such ridiculous accusations," Su said.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih

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