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Taiwan judiciary crashes, rotten & stinky justice shakes Taiwan to the core

   

The Guardian, 2024-1-7: Taiwan bracesfor "big deal" presidential election ...There are also Care for children and the elderly, corruption, judicial reform, education and rights for minorities are also immediate concern.

 

United Daily  (聯合報), 2024-2-24:  Judicial reform fails !  udn.com/news/story/11091/7790040?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2
United Daily  (聯合報), 2023-11-18:
 The very serious "abnormal" relationship between the police and the prosecution was exposed recently.  The systems of judiciary, prosecution and police are rotten from the roots.udn.com/news/story/7338/7582230?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub7338_pulldownmenu_v2

 

TIME, 2023-11-20:  the government's judicial reform website hasn't been updated since 2020. “Does that mean the government didn't do anything or just doesn't care about this topic?” asked the spokesman for a lawyer's group pointedly.  time.com/6336441/taiwan-presidental-election-william-lai-profile/

 

United Daily  (聯合報), 2023-11-18:  The very serious "abnormal" relationship between the police and the prosecution was exposed recently.  The systems of judiciary, prosecution and police are rotten from the roots.udn.com/news/story/7338/7582230?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub7338_pulldownmenu_v2

 

TaiwanPlus, 2023-3-6: Taiwan Poll Finds Widespread Public Mistrust of Prosecutors  msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/taiwan-poll-finds-widespread-public-mistrust-of-prosecutors-taiwanplus-news/vi-AA18glWE

 

National ChungCheng University (ccu.edu),   2023-2-13: study the percentage of Taiwanese trust in the judges is 32.8%.

United Daily, 2023-7-18: Many judgments follow directions from the ruling party  udn.com/news/story/7338/7307107?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub7338_pulldownmenu_v2
 

China Times, 2023-7-30 Taiwan vice president Lai Ching-te says there is a long long way to go before the legal reform satisfying the public.  In 2019, Mr. Lai said the legal reform will be half way done if we can eliminate rotten and illegal judges and prosecutors.  chinatimes.com/opinion/20230730002752-262101?chdtv
  United Daily, 2023-7-17 Tens of thousands joined a protest in Taipei, their main demand was to express dissatisfaction with judiciary and housing price. the KMT's Hou You-yi says judicial reform is an empty shell, Terry Guo says both policy are "bad checks", Dr. Ko Wen-je of Taiwan People's Party says the public do not trust our legal system.  udn.com/news/story/123619/7304940?from=udn_ch2cate6638sub123619_pulldownmenu_v2

 

 

  China Times, editorial , 2023-4-10 an anti-corruption union is what Taiwan needs, KMT earns public trust on anti-corruption issue?  ...The vaccine procurement case involving huge profits is full of doubts, but the prosecutors and investigation gov. don't even touch it !  chinatimes.com/opinion/20230410004586-262101?chdtv
  United Daily, 2023-4-1 Taiwan judiciary suppresses the opposition, lets go the ruling party (打壓在野黨 輕縱執政黨 司法想當鷹犬?)  udn.com/news/story/11091/7072002?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub11091_pulldownmenu_v2
  United Daily, 2023-4-23 Taipei chief prosecutor steps down for low degree of adaptability (on HsinChu city mayor Ann Kao's case), disappointing the top rankingSome other prosecutors did good job on major political cases got promotion.  udn.com/news/story/7338/7116838?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub7338_pulldownmenu_v2

 

  United Daily , eidtorial , 2023-5-24 : After taking office since 2016, the ruling party has completely controlled over the personnel of the judiciary and other independent agencies, repeatedly intervening in particular cases, and constantly creating unconstitutional and illegal cases. A number of resolutions of the judicial reform meeting so far have no follow-up .  After midterm election's defeat, grass-roots everywhere voiced dissatisfactions.  The public don't trust justice - The law enforcement gov. covered up the power and rich, saw the other way as black-gold and corruption returned, instead, frequently refer those criticized the government to justice, The Social Order Maintenance Act, which the DPP advocated to abolish while in opposition, has now become a sharp weapon to suppress people's freedom of speechudn.com/news/story/7338/7185987?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2

 

United Daily (聯合報 社 評), editorial, 2023-1-12 : The courthouse is still a business run by the ruling party   udn.com/news/story/11091/6906767?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub11091_pulldownmenu_v2

 

China Times ( 中時),  2023-2-18: Since Tsai Ing-wen was elected as president, her influence has penetrated into the judicial system, the admin. has directed the judiciary what and how to do.  Most of Taiwan's presidents were graduated from law school, but only to exploit the law and abuse their power...  (台灣領導人多數是學法出身,卻被視為玩法弄權者,成民主毒瘤)  chinatimes.com/opinion/20230217003946-262101?chdtv

 

United Daily (聯合報 社 評), editorial, 2023-8-21 : Taiwan's judiciary is inactive in major cases, but gives heavy penalties to minor cases /  The public's long-standing mistrust of the judiciary lies in wanton abuses of enforcement power, very doubtful measurements of penalties or unclear standards by the prosecutor/judges, too light or too heavy of the judgments; e.g., the prosecutors did nothing to a NT$  billions suspected cases - HsinChu City Baseball Court, but gave 12-years sentence to a NT$8000 case.   udn.com/news/story/7338/7382647?from=udn_ch2_menu_v2_main_cate

 

 US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released at 2022-4-12 (state.gov/reports/2021-country-reports-on-human-rights-practices/taiwan/):


nthe Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Yuan referred six officials to the Control Yuan for criminal investigation, including former minister of justice Tseng Yung-fu, former prosecutor general Wu Ying-chao, and two others for investigation of noncriminal misconduct, including Supreme Administrative Court judge..., the Judicial Yuan referred six former judges to the Control Yuan for investigation of noncriminal misconduct.  the Ministry of Justice investigated 77 other incumbent and former judicial and law enforcement officials implicated in similar behavior with the same businessperson.
na senior investigator of the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau was indicted for corruption for allegedly profiting from the sale of narcotics worth more than 168 million New Taiwan dollars ($5.6 million) seized in law enforcement investigations over eight years.

 

  National ChungCheng University, 2022-2-14: study found 2/3 Taiwanese are not satisfied with the quality of judgment of criminal cases  deptcrc.ccu.edu.tw/index.php?option=module&lang=cht&task=pageinfo&id=432&index=1

 

  China Times, editorial, 2022-11-16:  After the Democratic Progressive Party came to power, the judiciary is willing to degenerate under the selective handling of cases. As long as the case is related to the ruling party, the legal system would delay judging it or concluding it, or even tried to overturn the case through retrial. chinatimes.com/opinion/20221116005059-262101?chdtv

 

Transparency International, Germany /  Global Corruption Barometer, released in 2022 -
comparisons among main Asian countries
the percentage of Taiwanese paying a bribe to judges or magistrates is
 higher than that in China, Japan, Malaysia
 

country

people who think
 government
 corruption
 is a big problem
public service
users
 paid a bribe
in the previous
 12 months
police gov.
officials
local
gov.
officials
judges,
magis-
trates
corruption
level
increased
in previous
12months
Taiwan 90% 17% 67% 19% 20% 15% 38%
Japan 84 2 10 7 26 6 36
Malaysia 71 13 30 28 16 12 20
China 62 28 16 18 18 13 39
S Korea 55 10 8 26 42 24 17
transparency.org/en/countries/taiwan

 

  United Daily, editorial, 2022-5-15 : The Five Powers (legislative, judiciary, administrative, supervision, examination) have been firmly in control by Taiwan's president, the executive power guides the judiciary from time to time, lawmakers and Control Yuan intend to interfere the judiciary, the judiciary is self-destructing...  udn.com/news/story/7338/6313776?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2


  China Times, editorial, 2022-3-24: Law Firm was being searched by the prosecutor ! The rights of lawyers have been violated!  A press conference urges Taiwan's prosecutors not to cross the red line, not to infringe upon the democracy, human rights, and rule of law.  Judicial reform is one of the loudest slogans since President Tsai I. W. took office 6 years ago.  The biggest change so far of the judicial reform is that political correctness becomes the most important thing in handling legal cases.  The "corruption & smuggling cigarettes" case (chinatimes.com/newspapers/20210612000418-260106?chdtv) by Taiwan Presidential Office's national safety guard turning into a "overbought" case is an example.   (chinatimes.com/opinion/20220323004844-262101?chdtv)

 

  United Daily, 2022-6-5 : Since 2014 till last year, according to National ChungCheng University (中正大學犯罪研究中心) studies, no matter DPP(民進黨) or KMT(國民黨) taking office,  the public trust on judges has been low (about 30-%) Taiwan's president holds both executive power and judicial power, which violates the basic principles of separation of powers and judicial independence in a democratic countryTherefore,  Article 77 of the Constitution should be abolished.   udn.com/news/story/121823/6363179?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub121823_pulldownmenu_v2  

 

  China Times, editorial, 2022-7-16: The DPP exonerates the crime of former president Chen by using political means has brought shame to Taiwan's judiciary, making the darkest day in Taiwan's judicial history.  DPP will be happy because since then there's no law to control paying bribes.  chinatimes.com/opinion/20220715003419-262101?chdtv

 

★  United Daily, editorial (udn.com/news/story/11091/6060260?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub11091_pulldownmenu_v2), 2022-1-25 : More people suffered fear from invisible and delicate social control and threats by DPP government' flank and judiciary (prosecutor, police) ... (檢警司法恐嚇,相比蔣家統治的線民監控,更細膩無形)

 

Taiwan judiciary crashes

Formosa TV news, 1-19-2021 3:00pm: Taiwan's biggest  judicial rotten scandal of the century, it's an international joke !  Apple Daily, editorial, 1-19-2021:
Rotten & stinky judiciary shakes the nation-
to-its-core. 
China Times, editorial, 1-19-2021: Taiwan judiciary crashes.  Liberty Times, 1-21-2021: Taiwan's legal machine was already a chunk of meat for "interest group"'s exclusive domain, even Control Yuan took the role of "body guard "  Apple Daily, 1-19-2021: Too many law officials involved to be punished severely ― grand justice,
chief prosecutors,