Yunlin County Council Speaker Chen Ching-hsiu (
Chen was charged for hosting a banquet at a restaurant in Yunlin on the evening of Nov. 5 to drum up support for Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative candidate Chang Shuo-wen (
The event, according to Yunlin prosecutors, was in obvious violation of statutes of the Election and Recall Law.
The prosecutors said they had gathered solid evidence and witnesses before bringing the indictment. They are seeking a prison sentence of one-and-a-half years for Chen.
Twelve other people, including Chen's secretary, Hsieh Kun-chou (
About 150 people were entertained at the banquet, the pro-secutors said, adding that 17 of them were questioned on the matter, with eight admitting to having attended the dinner for free.
Meanwhile, KMT legislative caucus whip Huang Teh-fu (黃德福) yesterday accused Premier Yu Shyi-kun of interfering with the judicial process. Yu had earlier suggested that the Public Prosecutors Office had lost its direction in its investigation of DPP legislative nominee Lee Chun-yi (李俊毅) for vote-buying.
Yu has also been accused of "passing judgement" on KMT legislators who currently face investigation on vote-buying charges.
Huang said that Yu had illegally exceeded his authority and that he should take over the job of public prosecutor-general if he wanted to personally direct the campaign against vote buying.
* Yunlin prosecutors say the Nov. 5 party violated the Election and Recall Law because it was a vote-buying activity.
* They are seeking a one-and-a-half year prison term for Chen Ching-hsiu.
* KMT legislative caucus whip Huang Teh-fu yesterday questioned the timing of election-related charges and accused Premier Yu Shyi-kun of interfering with the judicial process.
KMT Legislator Huang Chao-shun (
He pointed to the example of KMT legislative nominee Hsiao Jin-lan (
Huang said that charges against independents Ho Jin-sung (何金松) and Tsai Hao (蔡豪) have been brought just prior to the election, after an investigation lasting three years. Huang questioned the timing of the charges and asked what sort of investigation into vote-buying required three years to complete.
In a related incident in Tainan, calls by Yu protesting the innocence of Li Tsao (李遭) on vote-buying charges led the Tainan District prosecutor to accuse the premier of "passing judgement before the case was brought to trial."
Yu denied this, saying that if prosecutors had solid evidence of vote-buying they should bring it forward immediately, but if there was any uncertainty, they should not reveal their suspicions.
DPP spokesman Chen Chi-mai (