Lin Yi-shih demands to see all evidence against him

In a hearing before the Supreme Court yesterday, former Executive Yuan Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih abandoned his previously low-key attitude and railed against the prosecution and the Special Investigation Division (SID), saying they were was covering up evidence that would be in his favor. Lin demanded to see all of the evidence accumulated by the prosecution in order to defend himself more capably. The prosecution responded by charging that Lin was making wild claims and could not be specific about what he wants, choosing instead to bellow aimless, pointless remarks about the prosecution.

Standing before the judge Wednesday with his fingers clasped tightly together, Lin appeared to have regained some of the weight he lost recently. Lin’s wife and his mother Shen Juo-lan were also in the courtroom for the hearing.

The proceedings went slowly as trial judge Hsiao Shi-chang worked through a mountain of exhibits and transcripts piled up in front of him, asking questions of both sides in a session that lasted more than two hours.

Lin and his wife and mother appeared testy about the prolonged process but left the comments up to the defense lawyers. Lin showed signs of impatience and occasionally turned to comment to his wife, who carried out hurried discussions in low tones with the lawyers. There was little interaction with Lin’s mother, who sat alone with her head down during most of the questioning.

As the two sides did not display any initial objections to the evidence, the judge called for opening arguments to begin. At that time Lin's lawyer suddenly demanded to see all of the CDs and transcripts held by the prosecution one by one. He charged that some of the discs held by the prosecution were blank and there was no index or log for the data.

The demands made by Lin’s lawyer aroused a flurry of protests from prosecutors, who countered that some of the evidence they had collected was not directly related to the case and that some was data collected in connection with third persons whose personal privacy could not be violated. They said that such evidence would need to be reviewed to see what could be made available to Lin and his lawyers.