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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Special Team to Probe Chen Shooting

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Top aides representing Taiwan's president and opposition leaders agreed Monday to set up a special task force to investigate the mysterious election-eve shooting of the president.

The aides met to discuss the terms of a meeting that was to be scheduled later between President Chen Shui-bian and opposition candidate Lien Chan of the Nationalist Party. Chen narrowly won the March 20 vote, and Lien wants to challenge the results.

Lien has argued that an unexplained shooting that lightly wounded Chen the day before the election swung sympathy votes to the president, and that the shooting needed to be explained. No suspects have been arrested.

Lien's aide, Lin Fong-cheng, proposed that the legislature pass a law that would set up an independent task force that would have special legal powers to probe the shooting.

Lin also demanded that a law be passed that would give a special legislative commission the power to thoroughly investigate claims that a large number of military personnel weren't allowed to vote.

The opposition has said that it has received many calls from soldiers and police, who complained they were kept on duty and unable to vote because Chen put them on emergency alert after the shooting.

The president has denied that this happened, but Chiou said that Chen could also consider passing legislation that would create the special commission.

U.S. forensics experts who investigated John F. Kennedy's assassination and the O.J. Simpson case are joining the probe into Chen's shooting.

The forensic team included Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, a pathologist who was involved in the probe of Kennedy's 1963 assassination.

Also on the U.S. team invited by Taiwan's government were ballistics expert Michael Haag and crime-scene analyst Timothy Palmbach.

Palmbach, who is also a lawyer, works with renowned forensic scientist Henry Lee, known for his role in the O.J. Simpson case in the United States. Lee, a Taiwanese-American, has also agreed to help investigate the shooting.