The nation's first special investigation team under the state public prosecutor-general was established yesterday with an opposition legislator doubting that the team would properly investigate the alleged misuse by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential hopefuls of special allowance funds.
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Prosecutors launched the probes after KMT Legislator Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) and other KMT legislators last year filed a lawsuit asking prosecutors to investigate the use of special allowance funds by Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun and former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷).
PHOTO: LO PEI-DER, TAIPEI TIMES
The results of the probes could have an impact on their candidacy in the party's presidential primary.
A KMT legislator yesterday asked prosecutors to speed up probes into the four DPP members' alleged misuse of funds.
KMT Legislator Lo Shih-hsiung (羅世雄) told a press conference he doubted the new investigation team would deal with the four presidential hopefuls' cases seriously, adding that the DPP government would put pressure on state public prosecutor-general Chen Tsung-ming (陳聰明) and his team, in an effort to get them to ease off their probes.
He said that insufficient manpower would also delay the team's investigations.
Eric Chen had said he was concerned that switching prosecutors could lead to controversy because the investigative standards could differ from those used in the the Ma and the first family investigations.
Last year's law empowers the nation's top prosecutor to form a special team to probe allegations of wrongdoing involving high-ranking government officials.
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