JUST BEING POLITE:Giving gifts ‘proportional to social etiquette’ during traditional holiday celebrations does not constitute bribery, KMT Legislator Chiang Wan-an said
Date: Mar 24, 2016
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday said it would not press
charges against Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) after wrapping up its investigation into vote-buying allegations.
Independent candidate Billy Pan (潘建志), a psychiatrist and political commentator, who lost the Jan. 16 legislative election to Chiang in Taipei’s Songshan (松山) and Zhongzheng (中山) districts, had accused Chiang of offering prizes at public events to solicit votes.
The office said there was insufficient evidence that Chiang engaged in vote-buying.
However, Chiang is not yet cleared from election-related litigation, since Pan had also filed a civil suit to nullify the election result, with the Taipei District Court scheduled to start its hearing next month.
Chiang Wan-an is the son of former KMT vice chairman John Chiang (蔣孝嚴) and grandson of former president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國). [FULL STORY]