Fri, May 30, 2008 - Page 3 News List

Hsieh, Chen Chu accuse prosecutors of harassment

By Ko Shu-ling, Jimmy Chuang and Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

“We hereby urge the Ministry of Justice to take immediate action [to deal with the allegations]. In the meantime, we do not rule out the possibility of inviting ministry personnel to explain the matter to the caucus,” KMT caucus deputy secretary-general Yang Chiung-ying (楊瓊瓔) told a press conference.

KMT caucus secretary-general Chang Sho-wen (張碩文) said political interference might have also affected more cases. He urged the justice minister to refer the allegations against Chen Tsung-ming to the ministry’s Department of Government Employee Ethics for investigation. Chen Chu, who served and stepped down as head of the CLA when the scandal broke, said she felt angry about the injustice done to the indicted officials.

“After I read the verdict, I felt that they [the indicted personnel] were actually very good government officials. The law finally proved their innocence,” she said after a city government administrative meeting yesterday morning.

She cited official statistics, saying that 10,998 government officials were indicted on charges of corruption between 2000 and last year, but only 2,482, or 20 percent, of them were found guilty.

“The innocent and their family members all suffered tremendously during the trials,” she said.

She added she was afraid that she would lose her rights again one day if the nation’s justice system continues to “deteriorate.”

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