Date: Oct 04, 2015
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The Pingtung District Prosecutors’ Office on Friday indicted Pingtung County Council
Speaker Chou Dian-lun (周典論) and nine Pingtung County councilors on charges related to vote-buying and accepting bribes.
Chou and eight of the county councilors are members of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), while the remaining councilor, Kuei Hsiao-hui (歸曉惠), is an independent.
The eight KMT councilors are: Wang Chih-feng (王志豐), Pan Yu-lung (潘裕隆), Yen Chin-cheng (顏金成), Li Chi-hsiang (李冀香), Pan Cheng-chih (潘政治), Chen Chao-chung (陳昭忠), Hsu Tien-chu (許天賜) and Chen Mei-chiung (陳美瓊).
Three others, described as friends and business associates of Chou, were also indicted on Friday for their alleged roles in the affair.
The prosecutors’ office said the charges were related to breaches of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選罷法), adding that it is seeking a six-year jail term for Chou and lesser prison terms for the other councilors.
According to prosecutors, bribes were exchanged and vote-buying activities took place during the election for the Pingtung County Council speakership on Dec. 25 last year, which resulted in Chou winning the post. [FULL STORY]