By: Liu Shi-yih and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, March 26 (CNA) The Taiwan High Court on Thursday threw out a district court decision and 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.
Wu, who denied the claims, filed a lawsuit of defamation against Lee, requesting appology and a damage of NT$3 million. [FULL STORY]