Kaohsiung Chief Prosecutor Lin Ching-tsung (林慶宗) said yesterday that the 14 DPP Kaohsiung City councilors who showed their ballots during the vote for the speakership hadn't broken the law as long as there was no evidence of bribery.
Lin made his remarks after the election, which was carried out at the Kaohsiung City Council yesterday morning.
He said prosecutors realized that the DPP city councilors' showed their ballots in public to prove that they were following the party's policies during the vote.
PHOTO: SEAN CHAO, TAIPEI TIMES
"As far as we are concerned, they [DPP Kaohsiung City councilors] were just showing their loyalty to their party." Lin said.
The DPP instructed its Kaohsiung councilors to endorse Kao Tzeng-ying (
The DPP assigned Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (
In addition to Lin, Kaohsiung prosecutors Hung Hsin-shu (洪信旭), Hsiao Yu-cheng (蕭宇誠) and Lee Jing-wen (李靜文) arrived at the city council to monitor the vote.
Despite the fact that prosecutors say that revealing the ballot is legal, independent Kaohsiung City Council Vice Speaker Tsai Sung-hsiung (
According to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors' Office's indictment, Tsai was charged with making public classified legal documents. Tsai was found not guilty during both his first trial and a second trial at the Kaohsiung District Court and the Taiwan High Court Kaohsiung Branch.
In Taipei yesterday, Taipei District Prosecutors' Office Deputy Prosecutor General Chen Hung-ta (
TSU Lawmaker Lo Chih-ming (
In response to Lo's remarks, both the Kaohsiung and Taipei District Prosecutors' Offices said that prosecutors did not discover any evidence of vote-buying but would immediately begin an investigation if any such evidence turned up.
An anonymous official from the Ministry of Justice told the Taipei Times that it is difficult to make a case for vote-buying during speakers' elections.
"Because there are no vote captains involved, it will only be a deal between two people and prosecutors will not be able to find sufficient evidence if a candidate just paid his colleagues directly," the official said.
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