The Association for Prosecutors has launched a signature drive in support of the prosecutorial team acting as accusers in the special "state affairs fund" embezzlement case in which first lady Wu Shu-jen is a defendant.
The association issued a statement Thursday, calling for an end to what it claimed is politically motivated smearing of prosecutors in the high-profile case.
The signature drive was launched after Chang Hsi-huai, a member of the prosecutorial team handling the "state affairs fund" case, suffered a nervous breakdown Wednesday under heavy pressure.
Chang has faced criticism from politicians and supporters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party since he derided President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) on the opening day of court proceedings December 15 by claiming that the prosecution would not subpoena a dishonest person for questioning.
Some DPP lawmakers have turned to question Chang's integrity and even labeled him as "pro-China" as he has been to China five times and has donated funds to a Chinese judicial group.
The Association for Prosecutors said in its statement that as the prosecutorial team is representing the country in court in pursuit of truth and justice, politicians "should refrain from politicizing individual prosecutor's behavior based on ideological or partisan preferences."
"Let's work together to maintain a neutral, impartial and non-political environment for prosecutorial pursuit of truth and justice," the statement added.
As of Thursday evening, 784 prosecutors had signed their names in support of the campaign, accounting for 71 percent of the country's 1,107 serving prosecutors.