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Top prosecutor survives second impeachment vote

Top prosecutor survives second impeachment vote

Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) The Control Yuan failed for the second time on Tuesday to impeach the nation's top prosecutor for leaking details to President Ma Ying-jeou in an ongoing investigation into alleged influence peddling involving Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng. Despite repeated calls by opposition politicians for his resignation, State Prosecutor-General Huang Shyh-ming survived after Control Yuan members ended up deadlocked 6-6 in a vote on whether or not to impeach him. A tie means the motion is not passed. A vote on Nov. 28, 2013 on a previous motion to impeach Huang proposed by Control Yuan members Hung Te-hsuan and Frank Wu ended in a 5-5 tie. Under current regulations, the Control Yuan, the branch of Taiwan's government that exercises the powers of censure, audit and impeachment, cannot try to impeach an individual more than twice, meaning Huang is no longer at risk of being impeached. Huang still faces criminal charges. The Taipei District Prosecutors' Office indicted him on Nov. 1, 2013 on charges of leaking classified information in violation of the Criminal Code and the Communication Security and Surveillance Act. Each offense carries a maximum three-year prison term. Huang has said he would step down if he were impeached or found guilty by the district court. The case stems from accusations that Huang leaked classified information obtained from a wiretap when he briefed the president on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2013 on an ongoing investigation into alleged improper lobbying by Wang. According to leaked wiretapped conversations, Wang asked judicial officials to urge the prosecutor in charge of a breach of trust case not to appeal a High Court verdict. The case involved Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming, whose phone was being tapped at the time by prosecutors. The incident snowballed into a political scandal following revelations that the Special Investigation Division (SID), which Huang heads, wiretapped the Legislature. Opposition politicians also faulted Huang for briefing Ma on an ongoing investigation and called the wiretaps illegal. (By Sophia Yeh and Y.L. Kao)


Updated : 2021-05-06 16:49 GMT+08:00