Sat, Mar 23, 2002 - Page 2 News List

Court mulls new hearing in Lu suit against magazine

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taipei District Court yesterday held a meeting to discuss whether there should be an extra hearing before judges come up with a verdict in Vice President Annette Lu's libel suit against The Journalist next Wednesday.

The magazine published several stories in November 2000 alleging that Lu was spreading rumors of an affair between President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his female interpreter Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), who is now a DPP legislator, in a bid to unseat him as president.

The magazine provided two cassettes as new evidence to the judges last week and told judges that the tapes were of a phone conversation between a Journalist reporter and Tseng Chao-ming (曾昭明), a former secretary in the Presidential Office. Tseng currently lives in the UK where he is pursuing a doctoral degree.

Taipei Judge Lai Yung-hua (賴泱樺) decided to chair a meeting with other judges and prosecutors yesterday to decide whether there should be an extra hearing before the trial because of the new evidence.

The meeting was not finished as of press time.

Liu Shou-sung (劉壽嵩), Taipei District Court spokesman, said that the trial would not be rescheduled.

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