Unexpectedly, Lien Hui-hsin is now under investigation by Taiwanese prosecutors, because her nutrition supplement company is suspected of using unauthorized drugs in its weight-loss pills, which it sells in Taiwan and is planning to sell in China.
There is a rumor circulating that Lien Hui-hsin’s case is politically manipulated for good reasons — it is commonly known that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) dislikes Lien Chan, hates being criticized by his son, Sean Lien (連勝文), and cannot stand knowing that Sean Lien is now the front-runner to be the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) candidate in the election for Taipei mayor next year.
Big name makes big news. Big news creates big impact. At this point in time, people do not know if this is simply a criminal case or a political war inside the KMT.
What people do know is that 75 percent of Taiwanese distrust the local justice system, according to a recent survey, and that in China, the new leadership is seriously trying to root out corruption by imposing life sentences on a princeling and his wife.
Lien Hsui-hsin’s case is becoming a symbol — its verdict will tell Taiwanese: Is Taiwan still a nation ruled by law? Are all people equal in front of the law? Or does the KMT still own the courthouse?