Celebrations were held yesterday to mark "Justice Day" by the Judicial Yuan and other judicial authorities, as well as by pan-blue politicians who initiated campaigns in Taipei and Kaohsiung to bring many government officials to justice.
Judicial Yuan President Weng Yueh-sheng (翁岳生) encouraged all judicial personnel to improve every judicial ruling and providing service in line with the expectation of the public. "Only by doing this the judicial system will win people's trust and confidence and then it can fulfill the goal of safeguarding civil liberty," he remarked.
Weng made the request when the Judicial Yuan held a grand festival comprising choruses, dances and sports activities to commemorate the 61st "Justice Day," which was established in 1943 to mark Taiwan regaining independent judicial authority and getting rid of the infamous history of unequal treaties made between the Ching Dynasty and several foreign countries during 19th and 20th centuries.
The Ministry of Justice also held an event to mark the day, when its minister, Shih Mao-lin (施茂林), said the ministry would work at updating laws to meet with the changing environment including cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges after marking the 61st "Justice Day."
In non-government circles, pan-blue politicians and media commentators led a group of people in Taipei and Kaohsiung in filing corruption charges against Chen Che-nan (陳哲男), former deputy secretary general to the president, and several other senior officials and first lady Wu Shu-jen to mark the "Justice Day."
Media critic Hu Chung-hsin (胡忠信), Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅), social movement leader Cheng Tsun-chi (鄭村棋) and others kicked off the "All People Sue the Government" campaign in Taipei and Kaohsiung, suing Chen Che-nan for breach of trust and malfeasance. He stands accused in the Kaohsiung mass rapid transit scandal that surfaced after Thai workers rioted last August.
Also charged were Ma Yung-cheng, acting secretary-general to the president, and Wu Shu-jen wife of President Chen, for malfeasance and violating the stock exchange law, respectively, after the two were reported to have purchased and sold stocks from the Presidential Office.
Chiu said people joined the eight campaign leaders because they were disgruntled at the high-level corruption in government. "We hope our action will put some pressure on the ruling party and we expect the judicial authorities to officially investigate, " he added.
Lin Pang-liang, a district court prosecutor, said the complainants' lawsuits were accepted by four groups of prosecutors who will handle them in accordance with the law.
Lin noted that the Supreme Prosecutor's Office has asked the district prosecutor's to probe alleged insider trading by Chen Che-nan when he was working at the Presidential Office, and said his office has received a copy of the Presidential Office's investigative report about the case.
Joining Chiu, Hu and Cheng were defense affairs critic Chang You- hua, former legislator Su Ying-kui, Non-Partisan Solidarity Union Legislator Kao Chin Su-mei, legal affairs critic Li Chien-nan and former Control Yuan member Yeh Yao-peng (葉耀鵬). Former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良) also appeared at the court and spoke to the crowd.
Chiu, a specialist in exposing corruption, and the campaign leaders have formed a "public indictment working group" and promised to indict "10 thieves of the state" including President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷).
They took the action to underscore the need for the judicial authorities to "do their jobs properly."