KMT to halt appeal moves against Wang

By Joy Lee ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday announced that the party will stop filing for an appeal that could overturn Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s court-approved injunction that has been keeping Wang from being expelled from the party. KMT spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) yesterday relayed President Ma Ying-jeou’s comments on his decision to stop filing appeals against Wang’s injunction.

Yin said that it shocked the public that the head of the Legislative Yuan was involved in allegedly illegal lobbying.

According to Yin, Ma knew that many KMT members supported his actions to protect the independence of justice, but those members also worried about what his actions could do to the nation’s political situation.

Yin said that Ma decided not to file appeals against the injunction because Wang already filed a civil lawsuit regarding the status of his KMT membership, and the approved injunction is only part of the lawsuit process. “Ma said that eventually, it will depend on the court’s verdict in the lawsuit itself to determine if Wang’s KMT membership is still valid,” said Yin.

According to Yin, Ma hopes that the court can come up with a verdict on the lawsuit as soon as possible, so the public can have an answer.

Ma said “In any country, it is also a serious issue for the head of the nation’s congress or Legislative Yuan to be accused of being involved in illegal lobbying,” according to Yin, who said that the president continued by saying: “But as the head of a nation and the chairman of the KMT, I feel obligated to step up and take care of this issue to avoid any impact it could bring to the independence of justice and the international image of Taiwan.”

Yin said that Ma hoped that based on the principle of continuing administrative work while the lawsuit is being processed, the public and KMT members can understand his determination to protect the independence of justice and maintain the political stability of the nation.

Wang was accused by the Special Investigation Division (SID) of contacting former Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) on behalf of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) to demand that prosecutors not appeal against a not-guilty verdict handed to Ker.

The accusation resulted in the KMT revoking Wang’s party membership as punishment, but Wang immediately filed a lawsuit against the KMT’s decision and the Taipei District Court approved an injunction which has been maintaining Wang’s party membership as well as his position as the Legislative Yuan speaker.

Meeting with Premier a Good Start: Wang Wang yesterday released a statement saying that the brief meeting between him and Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) at the Legislative Yuan on Friday was a good start to help bring the session back to normal.

Despite being blocked from giving a speech at the Legislative Yuan again on Friday, Jiang had a 20-minute private meeting with Wang after the Yuan Sitting.

Wang said that he hoped the Executive Yuan could take advice from the public and he is willing to arrange a meeting for the legislators from ruling and opposition parties to have in-depth conversations.