The legislative Yuan's session agenda was changed in the last minute after it received a request from the Taipei District Court. Judges request consent to extend detention of three lawmakers, who were involved in the SOGO bribery case.
The Taipei District Court sent an urgent request at 8:20 am on September 22, requesting consent from the Legislative Yuan to extend the detention of three lawmakers, including Kuomintang legislators Chen Chao-ming, Liao Kuo-tung and Democratic Progressive Party legislator Su Chen-ching. Judges believe they were involved in a major crime and did not reveal the whole truth.
The judge believes the three including Su Chen-ching, Liao Kuo-tung and Chen Chao-ming, violated Item Three, Section One, Article Five of the Anti-Corruption Act. Since all three suspects are incumbent legislators, therefore according to the Additional Articles to the Constitution, a legislative approval was needed before the court can extend the detentions.
After cross-party discussions, we all agreed to the District Court's request to detain these legislators.
The legislative session agenda was adjusted immediately after the legislative Yuan received the detention request. After cross-party negotiations, Legislative Speaker
Yu Shyi-kun announced that all parties have agreed to the Court's detention request.
The Court has requested the detention of legislator Su Chen-ching, Liao Kuo-tung and Chen Chao-ming. All Party Caucus have agreed to the request.
Once the Taipei District Court received the legislative document, the three suspects would be notified and sent back to the detention center. In addition to the bribery case, prosecutors also suspected former legislator Tsai Huang-liang and Kao Chien-chih, the assistant to Su Chia-chuan for leaking information by alerting Su Chen-ching back in 2016 and 2017 that the prosecutor was investigating the SOGO bribery case so that Su would have the time to collude with others.
The Taipei District Prosecutors' Office has started another investigation into the case regarding confidential information leakages.
According to the Minister of Justice, the Prosecutors' Office has started another case investigating the illegal leakage of information and subpoenaed Tsai Huang-liang and Kao Chien-chih to explain their involvement.