Date: Oct 23, 2016
By: Yang Chun-hui, Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writer
An appeal has been sent to the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee alleging the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) illegally occupied land in Taipei’s Muzha (木柵) area on which the KMT-affiliated Institute on Policy Research and Development stands.
Accusing former KMT authorities of acquiring the land by illegal means in 1964, Yeh Sung-jen (葉頌仁), whose father owned four plots of land on which the institute was built, said the KMT forced his father to sign a contract at gunpoint and only paid one-tenth of the market value.
Yeh said the committee has promised to investigate the issue.
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), who accompanied Yeh to a committee meeting on Friday, said the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office should launch another investigation into the case.
The land was sold to Yuan Li Construction Corp in 2006 for NT$4.3 billion (US$133 million at current exchange rates) when former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was Taipei mayor and KMT chairman. [FULL STORY]