Huang apologises over wiretapping

Huang apologises over wiretapping
Huang Shih-ming.

TAIPEI - Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) apologised yesterday during an interpellation in the Legislative Yuan over the controversial Legislature-wiretapping case.

This is the first time Huang has issued an apology over the case in the Legislative Yuan since local media reported on Sept. 28 that the Special Investigation Division (SID) had monitored the Legislative Yuan's switchboard for a month.

During the interpellation, Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Liao Cheng-ching (廖正井) questioned Huang on why the SID did not conduct a thorough check before monitoring the Legislature's switchboard.

Liao further criticised Huang, saying that after the controversy was exposed the SID did not issue an apology, and even denied that the wiretapping took place.

Huang said he immediately apologised to the public as soon as the SID realised the bugging was a mistake.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) focused on the issue of Huang allegedly leaking the information of an ongoing case to President Ma Ying-jeou by reporting the alleged influence-peddling case to Ma on Aug. 31. The SID's investigation of the case closed on Sept. 5.

Chen said that while Huang was reporting the case to Ma on the night of Aug. 31, the SID was concurrently questioning prosecutor Chen Cheng-fen (陳正芬) over the allegations of corruption.

This case was still under investigation and yet Huang reported it to the president, Chen Chi-mai criticised.

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