Ko demands apology for organ claims

‘DIRTY’ ATTACK: The Taipei mayor gave US author Ethan Gutmann 24 hours to give evidence that Ko was involved in organ harvesting in China or face a lawsuit

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 04, 2018
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday rejected US author Ethan Gutmann’s

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je yesterday calls on US writer Ethan Gutmann to apologize for accusations made against him.  Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

accusation on Tuesday that he is a “liar” and that he was involved in live organ harvesting in China, vowing to file a lawsuit against Gutmann if he does not apologize.

Gutmann, interviewed Ko for his 2014 book The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to tts Dissident Problem, and wrote that Ko was aware that many of the organs transplanted in China came from Falun Gong (法輪功) members.

Gutmann on Tuesday told a news conference in Taipei that Ko was a potential broker for Taiwanese patients wanting to receive organ transplants in China, and that Ko, having taught extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) techniques to doctors in China, created a “perverse incentive” for the Chinese doctors to harvest live organs.

“I have lived in the US before, so I know that calling a person a liar in the US is a serious accusation, so I am very upset that Gutmann used the term to describe me in public,” Ko said yesterday morning. “I urge him to apologize or present evidence within 24 hours to explain why he made the accusation.”    [FULL  STORY]

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