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Lawmaker introduces bill to scrap Special Investigation Division

2016/08/10 17:24:49

Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) A ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator said Wednesday that he has put forward a bill to dissolve the controversial Special Investigation Division (SID) under the Supreme Prosecutors Office.

Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) said he will recommend to the DPP caucus that the bill be listed as priority legislation in the next legislative session that will start in September and he hopes it can be passed by October.

The bill sponsored by Tsai would require an amendment to Article 63 of the Organic Law of Courts to remove the clause that governs the SID's establishment.

In an explanatory statement attached to the bill, Tsai said as a unit under the Supreme Prosecutors Office, the SID is very powerful but is not subject to any oversight.

Since its establishment in 2007, the SID has caused controversy on many occasions over its handling of cases, which has created public distrust of the prosecution system, he said.

The proposal to abolish the SID has won the support of the Ministry of Justice, which sees the SID as a redundant agency, according to Tsai.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Y.F. Low)