Declassification of political cases urged

NSB ACTIONS QUERIED: Lawmakers were told the NSB refuses to turn over documents related to the Lin family murders, Chen Wen-chen’s death and the Kaohsiung Incident

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 09, 2019
By: Chen Yu-fu and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The National Security Bureau (NSB) has listed files on allegedly politically motivated

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus members hold placards during a meeting of the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday to protest the draft political archives act.Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

cases as “permanently classified,” thereby denying the Transitional Justice Commission access, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) said yesterday.

The Presidential Office should investigate whether the head of the NSB who approved the permanent classification of such documents abused their power, and to declassify or change the classification of the documents, he said.

During a meeting of the legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee to review a draft political archives act, Tuan asked commission member Yeh Hung-ling (葉虹靈) whether it was having trouble obtaining documents from other agencies.

While the commission has been successful for the most part, it has faced difficulty getting access to files from the NSB on 21 cases since August last year, Yeh said.

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