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Taiwan VP, ex-finance minister to be sued for poll violations
Publication Date : 21-08-2012
Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson Tsai Ing-wen intends to sue former Premier and current Vice President Wu Den-yih and Christina Liu for violating election law, Tsai's attorney announced yesterday.
Wu and Liu will be charged over their leveling of corruption charges against Tsai in the run-up to the January presidential election, said attorney Ku Li-hsiung yesterday in Taipei. Tsai was accused last December of illicit transactions related to the founding of Yu Chang Biologics Co. She was cleared of the charges last week.
Orchestrating the Yu Chang controversy violates Article 90 of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act, said Ku.
According to Article 90, diffusing rumors for the purpose of affecting a candidate's election is punishable by up to five years' imprisonment.
The lawsuit, which will be filed shortly to the Supreme Prosecutors' Office Special Investigation Division (SID), includes charges related to the public interest and does not include slander claims or other charges of personal injury, said Ku.
He made the announcement in a noon press event at the Little Ying Foundation, alongside DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai and Lien Yuan-long.
Liu has openly admitted that she spearheaded the Yu Chang case at the request of then-premier Wu, said Chen.
Liu, who launched the Yu Chang case in her capacity as minister of the Council of Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) and National Development Fund convener, had reportedly implicated Wu last week when speaking to the Chinese-language China Times.
The DPP legislative caucus will provide its full support to Tsai's lawsuit, said Chen. The party's central headquarters yesterday also confirmed that they are prepared to back Tsai's suit.
DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang has instructed the headquarters to analyze details of cases against DPP officials and to take the necessary action, said party spokesman Lin Chun-hsien yesterday.
Tsai has no evidence that shows the ruling administration manipulated government arms to affect the campaign. For her to launch a suit in the absence of proof wastes the judiciary's resources, said KMT Secretary-General Lin Join-sane.
Lin added that Tsai's behavior throughout the Yu Chang case has been problematic.
From beginning to end, Tsai's attitude toward the allegations was characterised by evasion and equivocating, he said.
Like Tsai, President Ma Ying-jeou faced accusations of corruption just before the presidential election. But unlike Tsai, Ma faced the claims head-on and provided evidence of his innocence with alacrity, said Lin.
Speaking for Wu, who is on a diplomatic trip to Belize, an aide who asked to remain unidentified said that the vice president had no motives in the Yu Chang case besides resolving it through legal procedures.