Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative candidate Cheng Yun-peng (
"My next summons will be on Nov. 29 in Tainan, and I will attend that hearing on time and in person," Cheng said.
DPP Deputy Secretary-General Lee Ying-yuan (
"What he did was for democracy, and we are all proud of him," Lee said. "We will do whatever it takes to help him whenever necessary."
Cheng is involved in an election-related case, in which he allegedly used his position as the then-director-general of the DPP's Culture and Information Department to defame a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Tainan City mayoral candidate in 2001.
During the mayoral election, the KMT's Chen Jung-sheng (
Chen then filed the lawsuit against Cheng on charge of "trying to defeat an opponent's campaign through defamation."
During the first hearing at the Tainan District Court on Feb. 8, 2002, Judge Chien Hui-chuan (
At the Taiwan High Court Tainan branch on Feb. 24 this year, Judge Cheng Wen-su (
On July 22, Supreme Court Judge and Spokesman Chi Chun-chien (紀俊乾) decided to drop the High Court's sentence against Cheng Yun-peng and asked the court to rehear the case.
"Before the final verdict is handed down, I am innocent and a free man. And, I believe that the courts will prove me innocent, no matter what," Cheng Yun-peng said.
In addition to Cheng Yun-peng, among this year's 386 legislative candidates, 17 of them are currently in legal trouble. Three of them are DPP members, three People First Party (PFP) members, two KMTs, one Taiwan Solidarity Union and nine independent candidates.
Among these 18 legislative candidates, independent candidates Yen Ching-piao (
On Aug. 31 this year, Taiwan High Court Taichung Branch ruled that Yen Ching-piao must serve 13 years in jail and pay back NT$35 million in public funds he used to cover expenditures at hostess bars and KTV lounges.
Yen was charged with corruption, attempted murder, possession of illegal firearms and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was first sentenced to 20 years by the Taichung District Court in 2001.
In 2002, the High Court reduced his sentence to 11 years and six months in prison. The Supreme Court upheld Yen's appeal and asked the High Court to rehear the case. The verdict on Aug. 31 was the result, but Yen appealed again.
Lin was involved in a bribery scandal regarding the procurement of a wastewater purifying processor for the Chinese Petro-leum Corp in Kaohsiung. He allegedly accepted a NT$160 million kickback from the manufacturer and was sentenced to 13 years in jail by the Taiwan High Court in 1998.