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Legislative speaker denies wrongdoing, attacks accusers

2013/09/10 20:29:53

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng on Tuesday denied having engaged in influence peddling, saying he "would absolutely not accept illegal accusations."

While admitting to making telephone calls to the justice minister and a senior prosecutor, Wang said the conversations had nothing to do with individual cases.

The purpose of the calls, he said, was to convey the Legisalture's concerns in general over abuse of powers by prosecutors who appealed not-guilty verdicts without good reasons.

Wang also accused the Special Investigation Division of violating the law and the Constitution by eavesdropping on the speaker of the Legislature and releasing a transcript of the wiretapped conversations.

Flanked by supporters and fellow legislators at the airport, Wang delivered his first response to allegations that he lobbied the minister and the prosecutor in June on behalf of a fellow lawmaker who was the defendant in a breach-of-trust trial.

(By Jay Chen)