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Legislature, prosecutors discuss controversial ‘visit’

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Legislative Yuan yesterday invited senior judicial officials to the legislature for talks following a recent incident in which prosecutors visited the Legislative Yuan and took away a lawmaker for questioning.

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) told reporters after the closed-door meeting that the lawmakers and judicial officials discussed the legislature’s concerns about the controversy.

Participants did not reach a decision, he said.

Nevertheless, Minister of Justice Wang Ching-feng (王清峰) said after the meeting that prosecutors would refrain from performing their duties at the legislature.

“This misunderstanding is unfortunate. We should have been more careful in terms of taking [legislators in for questioning],” Wang Ching-feng said.

“The Ministry of Justice will establish a set of procedures and do its best to avoid causing any misunderstanding, as this could undermine the credibility of the judiciary,” she said.

Wang Ching-feng, State Prosecutor General Chen Tsung-ming (陳聰明) and secretary-general of the Judicial Yuan Hsieh Wen-ding (謝文定) were invited to the meeting after legislators across party lines passed a resolution.

Legislators had voiced their dissatisfaction with Taipei prosecutors, who took Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kuo Wen-chen (郭玟成) from his legislative office on June 26 for questioning in connection with a bribery investigation.

Prosecutors showed up at the legislature with a warrant for Kuo’s arrest in case he refused to cooperate.

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