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Control Yuan to investigate security abuses

By Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Members of civic groups and academics protest in front of the Control Yuan yesterday, calling for an investigation into whether National Police Agency Director-General Wang Cho-chiun, National Security Bureau Director Tsai Chao-ming and National Security Council Secretary-General Su Chi broke the law in maintaining security during the visit of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Chen Yunlin earlier this month.

PHOTO: LU CHUN-WEI, TAIPEI TIMES

At the request of civic groups and academics, the Control Yuan will launch an investigation into whether National Police Agency (NPA) and National Security Bureau (NSB) heads broke the law during the visit of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林) and his delegation earlier this month.

Twenty-five civic groups and 218 academics filed a petition with the Control Yuan yesterday, calling for an investigation into the actions of NPA Director-General Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞), NSB Director Tsai Chao-ming (蔡朝明) and National Security Council Secretary-General Su Chi (蘇起).

The petitioners accused the NPA and NSB of violating civil liberties when executing “Operation Concord” to protect Chen and his delegation during their Nov. 3 to Nov. 7 visit.

Chen arrived in Taiwan to sign four agreements with Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤) aimed at enhancing cross-strait ties.

“In executing ‘Operation Concord,’ [the NSB and the NPA] violated people’s freedom of movement and the right to be at public places, taking excessive measures such as closing off the airport, public roads, sidewalks and hotels, all in the name of ‘protecting Chen’s personal safety,’” the petition said.

“In our constitutional history, the government has never closed off public spaces on such a large scale or so seriously restricted freedom of movement. The aforementioned agencies have obviously violated several laws,” it said.

The petition also cited various incidents of abuse that allegedly occurred during Chen’s stay.

In several cases, individuals wearing T-shirts calling Taiwan a sovereign country, holding the Republic of China or Tibetan flags, or shouting pro-independence slogans were forcibly removed by police and prohibited from walking past buildings in which Chen was at the time.

In other cases, a woman was taken to a police station for videotaping Chen’s convoy leaving a hotel, while several anti-China demonstrators who protested peacefully were beaten by police and severely injured.

“There should already be some mechanism in our government system — for example, prosecutors — to assess such abuses of power, but nothing has been done so far,” Yen Chueh-an (顏厥安), a National Taiwan University law professor, told a press conference outside the Control Yuan before submitting the petition.

“Sadly, nothing has happened and we suspect that something went wrong in our government system. That’s why we are taking this [petition] to the Control Yuan,” Yen said.

“We brought proof of the NPA and the NSB’s wrongdoing, including videos recorded by the media and individuals on the scene, pictures, injury reports and police reports,” said Chiu Hei-yuan (瞿海源), a sociology research fellow at Academia Sinica.

Control Yuan member Huang Huang-hsiung (黃煌雄) accepted the petition and said he would investigate.

“I will ask the concerned parties to explain what happened and summon them to appear in person if necessary,” Huang said. “If everything goes well, the investigation should be completed in three months.”

According to the Constitution, Wang, Tsai and Su could face impeachment if the Control Yuan finds them guilty.

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