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KMT urged to publish names of party members in judiciary

KMT urged to publish names of party members in judiciary

The main opposition Kuomintang should publish a detailed list of its members in the judicial and law enforcement agencies as part of the country's pursuit of transitional justice to consolidate its young democracy, a senior official said Friday.
Executive Yuan spokesman Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉), who is also Government Information Office minister, made the call after the Taiwan High Court upheld a lower court's not guilty verdict on corruption charges against KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) earlier that same day.
Shieh said he does not trust the judiciary's integrity after learning that the High Court's presiding judge handling Ma's case, Liu Ching-hsing, played a leading role in a high-profile case against pro-independence activists during Taiwan's infamous martial law era.
After the unification of East and West Germany, said Shieh, who is a former Taiwan representative to Germany, all judges and prosecutors of communist East Germany were relieved of their posts on the grounds that it was the only way to win the public's trust in the judiciary following Germany's unification under a democratic system.
Noting that Ma's corruption case was politically sensitive, Shieh said it is very controversial to have a person who once collaborated with the previous authoritarian KMT government to convict pro-independence activists in a highly political case to serve as the presiding judge in Ma's second trial.
"In a normal and reasonable situation, Liu should have been relieved of his judicial post or should have at least made a public apology," Shieh said.


Updated : 2021-04-23 15:28 GMT+08:00