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Bugging and the The Basic Law; Acting Chief Secretary Donald Tsang's Legco Q & A; the KMT Chairman in mainland China; Interview with departed US Consul-General James Keith (29 Apr 2005)


Last Friday, Judge Fergal Sweeney ruled that the ICAC had breached the Basic Law in using covert surveillance to gather evidence. The Basic Law doesn't say they can't put people under surveillance. It means that they need to undergo some kind of legal process to do so. The problem is, said Judge Sweeney, "Since no legal procedures have been set up for judges to grant such a warrant, citizens have no protection against the arbitrary power of the ICAC or other departments." It's a ruling that affects the surveillance activities of all law enforcement agencies. The visits of former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to the Legislative Council for Q & A session were often met by noisy protests and petitions. Things were a little quieter for Acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang this week, although pro-Beijing legislators seemed to give him a little more of a roasting than did their fellows. As his party lost the last election to the Democratic Progressive Party, Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan doesn't officially represent the Taiwanese people, but that hasn't stopped him from trying to take the diplomatic initiative with China. On the day of our show there was a historic handshake between him and the Chinese Premier. We look at what's in it for each side, and whether the aim could be to isolate Taiwan's elected ruling party. This week the United States Consul General James Keith ended his three-year stint in the territory. Before he left, we spoke to him.

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Publish Date: 
Friday, April 29, 2005
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