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KMT sues Cabinet over special funds

A group of main opposition Kuomintang lawmakers yesterday initiated a lawsuit against 102 former and incumbent Cabinet members with the Supreme Prosecutors Office, seeking a probe into their alleged misuse of "special allowance funds" that have become controversial since former KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) indictment in mid-February for the same reason. KMT legislative caucus whip Hsu Shao-ping (徐少萍), who led the group of the lawmakers in the action, said in a news conference that they were forced to make the move because the prosecutors' office has failed to launch an investigation into a similar case involving four major figures of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party - Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun (游錫<方方土>). Ma was indicted 195 days after a suit was lodged by DPP lawmakers against him, but the prosecution has yet to indict the four DPP figures 234 days after a similar lawsuit was filed against them, Hsu said. If prosecutors continue taking a hands-off attitude toward the case implicating the 102 former and incumbent ranking government officials, including the four DPP heavyweights, the KMT will make the next move by suing a total of 6,500 local government chiefs and state agency heads across the country to underscore prosecutorial bias regarding similar cases, KMT lawmaker Kuo Su-chun (郭素春) said.