NO TOLERANCE:Chiu Tai-san said that the ministry would remove prosecutors and judges who have abused their positions or demonstrated questionable behavior
Date: May 24, 2016
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Minister of Justice Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) yesterday said he would not allow the judiciary to
be manipulated by any political party, adding that he was seeking ways to institute changes to restore the public’s faith and trust in the judicial system.
“I will not allow the judiciary to become a tool for political manipulation,” he said in a media interview. “The Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] has always opposed any political interference in the nation’s judicial system.”
Chiu said he wanted to make assurances to all Taiwanese that there is no political motivation behind cases related to former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), and that any proceedings that are brought against Ma would be conducted according to the law.
Ma is facing 24 lawsuits and a pending judicial probe on allegations of corruption, leaking state secrets, failure to declare assets, and other charges.
“People have said that they had heard from some prosecutors and judges, who worried that the judiciary would become a political tool after the new government took over,” Chiu said. [FULL STORY]