By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je expressed concern Saturday about
the size of the eventual compensation payments after the Council of Grand Justices ruled expropriations for the MeHAS City project unconstitutional.
Landowners took the city to court because after 239 plots of land in Xindian, New Taipei City, were expropriated for the Mass Rapid Transit system in 1991, it used some of them for a joint commercial project with Radium Life Tech Co., Ltd. known as MeHAS City.
After previous verdicts against the landowners, the Council of Grand Justices on Friday ruled in their favor, saying it was unconstitutional to expropriate private land for a public purpose and then use it in a joined commercial development.
As a result of the ruling, the city could now face major compensation claims from the landowners, totaling as much as NT$22.8 billion (US$688 million), according to some reports. [FULL STORY]