Ko accuses US author of slander

TRANSPLANTS: The writer, who interviewed Ko for a book on organ harvesting in China, said that Ko had been at a congress with some doctors allegedly involved in the practice

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 05, 2018
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday accused US author Ethan Gutmann of

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s campaign spokesperson, Lin Kun-feng, center, and lawyer Lu Cheng-yi, left, yesterday press the “accusation bell” at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office.  Photo: Hsieh Chun-lin, Taipei Times

defamation in a criminal complaint, after Gutmann called him a “liar” on Tuesday.

Gutmann, an investigative writer focusing on human rights, in 2014 published The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem, in which he describes the systematic harvesting of organs from Falun Gong followers in China.

The book cited an interview with Ko.

At a news conference in Taipei on Tuesday, Gutmann said that Ko acted as a “middleman” for Taiwanese who went to China for organ transplants and that by teaching Chinese doctors the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) technique crucial for transplants, he offered a “pervasive incentive.”    [FULL  STORY]

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