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Chief prosecutor in Wu case sent on leave after outburst

Chief prosecutor in Wu case sent on leave after outburst

The chief prosecutor in a high-profile corruption case against first lady Wu Shu-chen (吳淑珍) was seen the day before yesterday shouting in the hallway outside his office in what appeared to be an emotional outburst. Taipei District Prosecutors Office spokesman Lin Ching-tsung said Chang Hsi-hai would be sent on leave ahead of Friday's court hearing.
Chang's impartiality in the prosecuting the case has been questioned and several lawmakers of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party have asked that he be removed from the case. The lawmakers have argued that Chang has a distinct pro-China political stance, as evidenced by his multiple trips to China and his establishment of a scholarship in his name at a Chinese university.
Chang was taken home by his wife yesterday after his display of abnormal behavior. After examining Chang, a doctor recommended by the Taipei District Court recommended that the prosecutor rest at home, citing temporary pressure as the cause of his behavior.
Lin said Chang had been working overtime for the past few days reviewing information and documents related to the case and compiling more than one hundred pages of evidence, opinions and arguments pertaining to the case.
Lin appealed to the society and the media to trust and respect the judicial system and to allow prosecutors to work in an impartial judicial environment.
"Let justice be justice and politics be politics," he said.
He said that over publicizing a case could seriously damage the authority and independence of the judicial process.
Chief prosecutor of the Taipei District Prosecutors Office Yen Ta-ho said Chang would be replaced by one of his colleagues. He however dismissed speculations that Chang was seeking to avoid having to prosecute the case.