The Ministry of Justice’s Prosecutor Evaluation Committee is due to summon several concerned parties in a high-profile alleged improper lobbying case for questioning at 9am today, including Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) and former minister of justice Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫).
Also on the list of people to be summoned today include Taiwan High Prosecutors’ Office Head Prosecutor Chen Shou-huang (陳守煌) and prosecutors Lin Shiow-tao (林秀濤) and Chen Cheng-fen (陳正芬).
The committee plans to call Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) and Special Investigation Division (SID) prosecutor Cheng Shen-yuan (鄭深元) in for questioning on Nov.10.
The committee made the decision after it met yesterday to discuss two evaluation cases, one regarding the roles played by Lin and Chen Shou-huang in an incident in which Wang allegedly lobbied Tseng and Chen Shou-huang to prevent Lin from appealing a lawsuit against Ker.
The other case focuses on the SID’s allegedly illegal monitoring of the legislature’s switchboard operators and Huang’s alleged leaks to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of details of the investigation into Wang’s alleged improper lobbying while the probe was still ongoing.
Cheng was put in charge of wiretapping Ker and the legislature’s switchboard. However, Wang and Ker have both refused to undergo questioning by the committee, saying that the committee is not entitled to interfere in matters related to the legislature.
Tseng has also recently declined to go.
Meanwhile, former DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday that although the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office has indicted Huang on charges of leaking classified information, it failed to probe Huang’s alleged abuse of wiretapping in this case.
Indictment of Huang is just a start, and the nation has to clear the issues of illegal wiretapping, Tsai told reporters in Greater Tainan yesterday.