Some Questions Concerning Prosecution In Taiwan

A while ago I was wondering how come some details have been provided to the public.

I didn’t write it was the fault of the prosecutors. But obviously, the source is the prosecutor offices.

Same questions could be asked now about the illegal behavior of the former president of Taiwan and the prosecutor offices in charge of the case(s).

Here is a letter sent to Taipei Times (By Sing Young in Taoyuan) and published today:

I am shocked by how forthcoming Taipei prosecutors have been in providing the public with details about an investigation that has just begun. This raises the following questions:

First, is it not illegal in Taiwan for a prosecutor to disclose private information about an ongoing case, in which charges have yet to be lain?

Second, did the Swiss Assistant Federal Prosecutor Graziella de Falco Haldemann agree to and authorize Taipei authorities to reveal that she is working with Taipei prosecutor Ching Chi-jen (慶啟人) on a “money laundering” case?

Third, has de Falco Haldemann actually stated that the case involves “money laundering” and did she permit the Taipei authorities to give her name as a source in the investigation?

It would be interesting to hear Ching’s and de Falco Haldemann’s answers to these questions.

Interesting letter, don’t you think so?

 

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7 Responses

  1. As a ‘new’ democracy, Taiwan’s media is most certainly enjoining the ‘freedom of the press’ thing.

    It continues to amaze me to see hordes of reporters BEHIND the immigration lines at the airport when a celebrity arrives (anyone remember Elton John’s reaction to the Taiwan press a few years ago !?).

    Then there is the invasion of the emergency rooms in the hospitals, and a few years ago there was some cocky bimbo going around Taipei demanding to see foreigners’ ARC card – on camera (if they refused they were immediately accused of being illegals). The list goes on.

    So, why does all this not surprise me, again.

    Sing Young is asking some good questions, it is rare to hear locals questioning the media.

    But, is this information officially released, or was it leaked first? I really do not keep up with the Chinese news, and depend on English newspapers to get the gist of what is going on.

  2. The laws in Taiwan is funny and VERY flexible.
    When the prosecutors want to reveal the detail, they send information to the media and claim that people have the right to know.
    When they don’t want to (so as to protect someone), they would say : it’s under investigation. We cannot reveal anything for the moment.
    Sounds familiar?
    Taiwanese are soooo nice and easy.
    Flexibility is what makes us today, isn’t it?

  3. Skincarediyer, the media density in Taiwan is incredible. Too much media so reporters have to find some bones to gnaw at… they even “create” news. Who cares if it was not really confirmed? Key point is to be the first to publish something… Whatever it is…
    About the question between “released” or “leaked”, I don’t make any difference.
    Nothing is supposed to go public before the end of an investigation. That’s the law.
    Just let’s assume we have “leaked data”: did you even heard prosecutors complaining?
    No, never. So, what is your conclusion?
    Prosecutors just do whatever they want…
    🙂

    Right Jo 🙂

  4. Well… another thing you probably noticed. The Prosecutory Office is still heavily controlled by the KMT and a lot of the prosecutors are Pan-Blue. They always play along, disclosing things that they shouldn’t, when the KMT wants to persecute the Pan-Green. You would never see them so forthcoming when Pan-Blue politicians are under suspicion.

  5. You are right Claudia. You can add the same stuff about Prosecutors, if you are foreigner here… Nothing is really fair… Better for Foreign people to not have to deal with the Court…

  6. “if you are foreigner here… Nothing is really fair… Better for Foreign people to not have to deal with the Court…”

    Although I don’t know any specifics, I do apologise for any unfair treatment you may have received or witnessed.

  7. Thanks Claudia.
    Obviously, Justice here is far to achieve the level of developed countries… Even though I consider Taiwan as a developed country…

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