Lai apologizes over justice incident

‘DONG CHANG’: The premier was able to deliver his administrative report after the DPP and the KMT agreed on the establishment of an ad hoc team to investigate the incident

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 03, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday apologized to the public over a potential breach of

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators occupy the podium in the main chamber of the Legislative Yuan yesterday to boycott Premier William Lai’s report.  Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

neutrality by the Transitional Justice Commission in an incident involving former commission deputy chairman Chang Tien-chin (張天欽), who reportedly compared the commission to “Dong Chang” (東廠), the Ming Dynasty-era secret police and spy agency.

It was the second time the premier, who nominated commission members, apologized for the incident since it happened on Sept. 12.

“We [the government] swore a solemn vow to the Taiwanese public to realize transitional justice and consolidate democracy in Taiwan,” Lai said.

“However, former deputy chairman Chang’s recent inappropriate behavior has hurt the agency’s reputation, sparked confrontation and caused a disturbance in society. I hereby apologize to society,” he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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