The Control Yuan yesterday let Keelung Mayor Chang Tong-rong (張通榮) off the hook for interfering with the police over the detention of a suspect by voting against an impeachment motion filed against him for the second time.
Control Yuan members Yang Mei-ling (楊美鈴) and Cheng Jen-hung (程仁宏) had re-filed the motion against Chang after their first attempt was voted down eight to four by the Control Yuan on July 5.
An impeachment motion can only be resubmitted once.
“I have tried, but I really wish there was a third chance,” Yang said outside the Control Yuan.
She said the only thing she could do now was try to make such lobbying a criminal offense.
Chang was indicted for influence peddling in October last year after he pressured the police into releasing a woman, surnamed Liao (廖), who had allegedly assaulted a policewoman while under the influence of alcohol in September.
The Keelung District Court on July 26 sentenced Chang to one year and eight months in prison — suspended for five years — and ordered him to pay NT$2 million (US$66,900) to the Treasury and perform 200 hours of community service. The case can still be appealed.
Democratic Progressive Party spokesperson Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) said the public was outraged by Chang’s actions and had hoped that the Control Yuan could uphold justice, but they have been disappointed.
“The result raises questions as to whether the Control Yuan let Chang off the hook to prevent the case from jeopardizing the KMT’s chance of winning next year’s mayoral election in Keelung,” Lin said.
Keelung City Government spokesman Lee Liang (李梁) said the city administration respected the Control Yuan’s decision.
Chang could not be reached for comment yesterday because he is on a trip to China.
Additional reporting by Lee Hsin-fang