By: Matthew Strong
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The not-guilty verdict for Ting Hsin
International tycoon Wei Ying-chung in a food safety case would stimulate voting in the next election, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said Saturday, but Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen said it was not a political problem.
A court in Changhua County on Friday found Wei and several associates not guilty, despite a request from prosecutors to sentence him to 30 years in prison for having mixed animal feed-grade oil from Vietnam into cooking oil for human consumption. The verdict triggered widespread outrage, with activists and politicians voicing support for an appeal with the Taiwan High Court. [FULL STORY]