Taiwan minister resigns after influence peddling claim
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's justice minister resigned on Friday after he was accused of meddling in a lawmaker's court case in the latest judicial scandal to hit the island.
Tseng Yung-fu, along with Chen Shou-huang, head of the High Prosecutors Office, was suspected of ordering prosecutors not to appeal in a breach of trust case implicating lawmaker Ker Chien-ming, said the Special Investigation Division.
They were accused of discussing Ker's case with either Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng or Ker himself to ensure that prosecutors would not appeal after a court acquitted the lawmaker last year, it said.
"Minister Tseng stressed that he did not resign because of the accusations but to defend his reputation and to avoid affecting follow-up investigation," a Cabinet statement said, adding that his resignation has been approved.