High court rules in favor of vice president in defamation case

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/03/26
By: Liu Shi-yih and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, March 26 (CNA) The Taiwan High Court on Thursday threw out a district court decision SONY DSCand ordered former legislator Lee Wen-chung (李文忠) to pay Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) NT$500,000 (US$16,020) in damage and offer a public apology for defaming Wu.

While running for the magistrate in Nantou on the Democratic Progressive Party’s ticket in November 2009, Lee claimed that Wu — when he was a legislator — travelled to Bali, Indonesian in 2008 together with then Nantou Magistrate Lee Chao-ching (李朝卿) and a notorious gangster from Nantou County to work out a scheme to maneuver the 2009 elections of Nantou County Council speaker.

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Wu, who denied the claims, filed a lawsuit of defamation against Lee, requesting appology and a damage of NT$3 million.     [FULL  STORY]