Transitional justice chairman resigns

‘PURSUING TRUTH’: Huang Huang-hsiung said the Sept. 12 incident that allegedly targeted KMT New Taipei City mayoral hopeful Hou You-yi added to political distrust

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 07, 2018
By: Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Huang Huang-hsiung (黃煌雄) yesterday resigned as chairman of the Transitional Justice

Huang Huang-hsiung speaks at a news conference in Taipei on Friday. Huang yesterday announced his resignation as chairman of the Transitional Justice Commission.  Photo: CNA

Commission after an uproar last month concerning an alleged plan by his former deputy to target a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) mayoral candidate.

Huang said in a statement that he took the reins in May with the belief that transitional justice would provide legitimacy and legality for past democratic movements, transcending party politics.

“However, the Sept. 12 incident ruined the big picture and overshadowed the commission soon after its establishment with the stigma of being another Eastern Depot,” Huang said, alluding to the pan-blue camp’s comparison of the commission to a Ming Dynasty secret police and spy agency.

On Sept. 12, Chinese-language media reported a partial recording of an unofficial commission meeting on Aug. 24 called by then-commission deputy chairman Chang Tien-chin (張天欽), in which Chang allegedly discussed a plan to target KMT New Taipei City mayoral candidate Hou You-yi (侯友宜) using a lustration law.    [FULL  STORY]

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