Control Yuan again fails to impeach Prosecutor Huang

By Lauly Li, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The government’s top watchdog yesterday failed to impeach Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) due to a tie vote, and given that it is the second time the Control Yuan failed to pass the impeachment, it cannot raise a proposal against Huang again.

According to the Control Yuan’s regulations, it cannot propose impeachment against the same person over the same incident for the third time. Huang was indicted by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office on Nov. 1 over allegations that he leaked information on an ongoing investigation to President Ma Ying-jeou, which involved Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘). Huang is the first top prosecutor indicted by prosecutors in Taiwan’s judicial history. The top prosecutor previously said that if the Taipei District Court finds him guilty, or the Control Yuan impeaches him, he will resign from his position immediately. In light of Huang’s indictment, Control Yuan members Wu Feng-shan (吳豐山) and Hung Teh-shuan (洪德旋) earlier in November proposed the impeachment of Huang. The first round of the impeachment failed, however, due to a tie vote. The watchdog members held their second meeting to review the proposal for the impeachment in December, which failed to convene due to lack of a quorum.

When asked to comment by reporters, Wu and Hung said they cannot offer the impeachment meeting information in accordance with the Control Act. The Special Investigation Division (SID), which Huang leads, said it has no comment on the Control Yuan’s latest impeachment results. Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang said it is inappropriate for him offer any comments on the incident.

Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lin Te-fu (林德福) said as the Control Yuan members have made a resolution regarding Huang’s case, he respects the top watchdog’s decision. Lin further said that as Huang’s term ends this April, it does not really matter if he is impeached or not, noting that he thinks the opposition would not center on criticizing Huang once he steps down from office.

Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) said people no longer expect anything from the government’s top watchdog, saying that the Control Yuan has forgotten its responsibilities and obligations, and its existence has no value at all.