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Ministry discusses discipline against Huang Shih-ming

By Rich Chang / Staff reporter, with CNA

The Ministry of Justice’s Prosecutor Evaluation Committee yesterday held a meeting to decide whether to discipline Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) over the Special Investigation Division’s (SID) wiretapping of the Legislative Yuan’s switchboard.

The most severe disciplinary action the committee could take against Huang would be to send him to the Control Yuan for impeachment, committee spokesman Peng Wen-cheng (彭文正) said.

As of press time, the meeting was ongoing.

On Thursday, Huang survived an impeachment vote after a tied vote in the Control Yuan resulted in the defeat of the motion.

Huang was cleared by a vote of five for, five against, giving him some breathing space despite continued calls from opposition parties for him to step down.

According to Control Yuan regulations, an impeachment vote needs a clear majority to be passed. A tie amounts to the defeat of the motion.

However, members are allowed to propose another impeachment resolution after a failed vote.

Huang, who is facing trial on charges of leaking details about an ongoing investigation, has said he would step down if he was impeached or found guilty by the district court.

In late August and early September, Huang allegedly informed President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) that SID prosecutors had overheard conversations implicating Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) in improper lobbying.

They alleged Wang sought to prevent Taiwan High Prosecutors’ Office prosecutor Lin Shiow-tao (林秀濤) from seeking an appeal in a breach of a trust case against Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

The conversations were collected from wiretaps that were part of an unrelated investigation involving Ker.

Opposition parties have labeled the wiretaps illegal and faulted Huang for briefing Ma on an ongoing investigation.

Huang said it was part of his duty to disclose to the president information on improper lobbying involving senior politicians, adding that the wiretapping of the legislature’s switchboard was a mistake.

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