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Judges take issue with president

DEFENSIVE The Judges Association of the Republic of China issued its second statement in just over a month to defend itself against allegations of bias

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

President Chen Shui-bian delivers a speech during an air show in Taipei yesterday. The Judges Association of the Republic of China has rejected Chen's allegation that many judges are biased in favor of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

PHOTO: CHIANG YING-YING, AP

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) should cease attacking the judiciary with unsubstantiated claims, the Judges Association of the Republic of China said in a statement yesterday.

The association issued the statement in response to a claim made by Chen in a televised interview on Friday that between 70 percent and 80 percent of the nation's judges and judiciary are biased in favor of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

The statement said the allegation was "completely unfounded."

The judges said it was deplorable that the president had once again made remarks unbecoming his position as head of state and in total disregard of the fact that such remarks could erode public trust in the judicial system despite the best efforts of the judiciary.

The statement said that if the president had evidence of improper behavior by certain judges or members of the judiciary he should order an investigation.

This was the second time in a little over a month that the judges' association has issued a statement to dispute the "unfounded" remarks by the president.

On July 31, the association released a statement taking issue with remarks Chen made while receiving a foreign visitor. At the time, the president alleged that members of the judiciary were attempting to interfere in the next presidential election.

The judges said such accusations would only hurt the nation's image and undermine the people's trust in the judicial system.

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