By: Liu Shih-yi, Elizabeth Hsu and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Oct. 14 (CNA) A special investigation unit under the Supreme Prosecutors Office said Wednesday that it has listed ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) as a defendant for violating election laws by secretly maneuvering to have the party’s nominated presidential candidate, Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), replaced.
Also listed as a defendant by the Special Investigation Division (SID) was KMT Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan (李四川).
On Oct. 8, Legislator Chou Ni-an (周倪安) of the minor opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union filed a complaint accusing Chu and Lee of violating the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act by asking a candidate to abandon the campaign by “offering bribes or other undue benefits.”
Article 84 of the act stipulates that anyone who asks for a promise or asks a candidate or a person with the qualifications to be a candidate to abandon the campaign or conduct certain actions by offering bribes or other undue benefits shall be condemned to fixed-term imprisonment. [FULL STORY]