Judicial Reform Foundation (JRF) executive director Lin Feng-jeng (林峰正) yesterday called on Prosecutor Evaluation Committee Chairman Hung Tai-wen (洪泰文) to refrain from taking part in the possible investigation of two prosecutors allegedly involved in improper lobbying for the sake of impartiality.
The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office Special Investigation Division (SID) has referred High Prosecutors’ Office prosecutors Chen Shou-huang (陳守煌) and Lin Shiow-tao (林秀濤) to the Ministry of Justice’s committee for investigation.
Chen stands accused of allegedly pressing Lin not to appeal the non-guilty verdict given to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) in a breach of trust case at the request of then-minister of justice Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平).
Hung should not handle the probes into Chen and Lin Shiow-tao because he was subordinate to Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘), who has been aggressively pursuing the improper lobbying allegations, Lin Feng-jeng said.
Meanwhile, a senior prosecutor said that the SID’s wiretapping of Lin Shiow-tao and her daughter was an obvious violation of the law and has jeopardized the credibility of the nation’s prosecutorial system.
The Liberty Times, the Taipei Times’, sister newspaper, yesterday cited a Greater Taichung senior prosecutor as saying that the division had no basis upon which to have wiretapped Lin and her 12-year-old daughter’s cell phones.
The unnamed prosecutor said there have been previous incidents in which prosecutors have been deposed for abusing their positions to engage in improper wiretapping and if a top prosecutor does the same, the whole judicial system could collapse.
Huang came under fire over claims that the SID expanded its wiretap in case No. 61, filed in 2011 to wiretap all suspects in a judges’ bribery case in 2010, to wiretap targets unrelated to the case, including Lin Shiow-tao and her 12-year-old daughter.
The Greater Taichung prosecutor said the division suspected Lin Shiow-tao had received Chen’s request to not appeal Ker’s case to the Supreme Court.
However, it had not found any irregular or suspicious actions that showed that she had received a bribe in exchange for acquiescing to the request, making it impossible to justify the SID wiretap since there was no proof that Lin Shiow-tao had broken the law.