Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday called on Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) to stop letting his personal grievances cloud his judgment and to end his efforts to influence the case against former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).
Lu, who visited Chen at the Taipei Detention Center yesterday morning, told reporters after the visit that Chen told her he did not remember doing anything that could have offended Chiu.
There has been speculation that the case against Chen and the former first family is the result of personal grudges Chiu is holding against Chen. Lu said she asked Chen what he had done that could have motivated Chiu to seek vengeance against him.
Chen told her he did not remember.
While the case has political significance because the principal defendant is a former president, Lu said it would be a serious matter if a person’s individual motivations were allowed to influence the judicial system.
Lu called on Chiu to stop meddling in the judiciary’s affairs and to remember that Chen had granted him an amnesty so he could be released in time for the legislative elections last January.
Chen granted amnesty to prisoners serving a sentence of 18 months or less. Chiu was sentenced to 14 months in prison for his violent conduct during a protest at the Kaohsiung District Court following the 2004 presidential election. Chiu began serving jail time in April 2007, but was released in November the same year.
Lu also urged President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Judicial Yuan President Lai In-jaw (賴英照) — both Harvard graduates, like Lu — to respect the judiciary and establish a national human rights committee.