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Lo absent from his assault hearing

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taipei District Court yesterday summoned independent lawmaker Lo Fu-chu (羅福助) and his assistant, Kao Ming-ta (高明達), to answer assault charges in connection with the repeated slapping of a colleague.

But both Lo and Kao failed to show, choosing instead to have their lawyers ask for them to be excused from the hearing.

During a legislative committee meeting on March 28 last year, Lo attacked PFP lawmaker Diane Lee (李慶安) and slapped her in the face. The security videotape which recorded the incident appeared to show that Kao stopped Lee's assistant from helping her, so that Lo could keep slapping her. Lee subsequently filed a lawsuit against both Lo and Kao on April 9 of last year.

"Lo is now busy with some private matters," said Tu Ying-ta (杜英達), Lo's lawyer. "As a result, he asked me to request that he be excused from appearing before the judges. He said that he would, however, do whatever it takes to show Lee his sincere regret for the incident and resolve the case. We will decide how to apologize around Chinese New Year."

Lee Fu-tien (李復甸), Diane Lee's lawyer, said that the congresswoman would consider accepting Lo's apology.

"She told me she might accept Lo's apology," he said. "However, up to now, there has been no communication between Lo and Lee."

Lo was put on the nation's official list of gangsters last October by an eight-member committee which convened at the Taipei City Police Headquarters.

The blacklisting followed the assaults on Lee and DPP lawmaker Yu Jan-daw (余政道). It also followed allegations that he threatened board members of the Jin-wen Institute of Technology (景文技術學院) for the purposes of extortion and amid allegations that he fabricated documents to obtain bank loans and from Tashin Securities and then pocketed the cash.

Lo is the president Tashin Securities.

Lo's term as a lawmaker will end on Jan. 31.

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