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PFP legislator sentenced to jail term blames politics

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

PFP Legislator Fu Kun-chi (傅崑萁) yesterday led a group of his supporters to the Judicial Yuan to protest against his six-years jail sentence.

"There is no justice in this country," Fu yelled in the square in front of the Judicial Yuan yesterday afternoon. "Anybody who is smart enough will realize easily that my being sentenced and fined were the result of a political attack."

Fu was indicted on Feb. 2, 2000, for illegally speculating in the Taiwan Pineapple Group's stocks in 1998. On Thursday, the Taipei District Court delivered a verdict of guilty in the first instance. Fu was sentenced to six years in jail with a fine of NT$35 million.

Fu immediately said that he would appeal the ruling to the Taiwan High Court.

In addition to protesting his own innocence yesterday, Fu also complained about President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

He said that Chen was the person who should be held responsible for his troubles. As for himself, he was just "following" the KMT government's policy and tried to "do something" to help the nation's economy as it slowed down after the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.

"What did I do wrong in this case? I did nothing but buy some stocks from the Taiwan Pineapple. I thought what I did would help Taiwan's economy since it was seriously impacted upon by the financial crisis. Is that a crime?" Fu said.

He also accused Chen of not carrying out his campaign pledge to re-ignite the nation's economy.

"He is the person who should be blamed for all of this. I was just trying to help but now the DPP government wants to jail me for what I did. Isn't that a politically motivated attack, or what?"

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