Wed, Jan 22, 2003 - Page 2 News List

DPP lawmaker is staking his life on his innocence

By Crystal Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

A DPP lawmaker, who investigators suspect took part in the Kaohsiung vote-buying scam, said yesterday he would resign and commit suicide if he is found guilty of any wrongdoing.

Legislator-at-large Liu Chun-hsiung (劉俊雄) told a news conference he tried to help independent Kaohsiung City Councilor Tsai Ching-yuan (蔡慶源) win the speakership but that he did nothing unlawful.

Earlier, investigators raided Liu's private guesthouse for evidence related to alleged mass vote-buying by Kaohsiung city councilors in the recent elections of their speaker and vice speaker.

Witnesses, who helped the probe in exchange for their suspended prosecution, reportedly tipped prosecutors about Liu's involvement.

"I did not offer any bribe to anyone or take money myself when asking DPP councilors to support Tsai," Liu said. "I will step down and kill myself on the spot if it is found I played any part in the scandal."

Liu, also chief of the DPP's Kaohsiung chapter, retains close ties to Tsai, who was detained last Saturday on vote-buying charges.

Liu had accompanied Tsai to visit other councilors after Tsai won his seat on the council, which holds sway over the bud-get for construction of the city's mass rapid transit system.

Contractors seeking the multi-billion project allegedly contributed to the bribe for the election of independent Councilor Chu An-hsiung (朱安雄) as speaker.

Liu insisted all interactions between him and councilors were purely social in nature.

The lawmaker slammed the search of his guesthouse, which he said had ben roughly conducted and caused a stir in the neighborhood.

"Nothing illegal was found in the guesthouse," he said.

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