Fri, Aug 22, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Prosecutors quiz TSU lawmaker over rape allegations

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei prosecutors yesterday summoned TSU Legislator Lin Chih-lung (林志隆) for a second round of questioning as part of investigations into allegations that he raped one of his aides.

Lin was released after two hours of questioning without being charged.

As he left the prosecutors' office, Lin said he believed his accuser, a women surnamed Chen, had made up the charges against him because he had fired her.

"On July 30, I told her not to come to work as of Sept. 1. As a result, I think she did this on purpose to take revenge," Lin said. "But, I must say again that I did not rape her."

The scandal surfaced when a Chinese-language newspaper reported last Thursday that one of Lin's female assistants had accused him of raping her on the night of July 29.

However, on the same day, local cable TV stations reported that Chen had denied she was raped and said that the entire scandal was fabricated by another colleague who had argued with her.

The newspaper said that the alleged rape was reported to the Taipei City Police Department's Chungcheng First Precinct in the early morning of July 30 by the Taipei Municipal Women and Children's Hospital. Chen had sought a medical examination from the facility to obtain evidence of rape, the paper said.

Hospitals must notify the police if they suspect any of their patients have been sexually assaulted. Prosecutors can investigate an alleged rape without having received a complaint from the victim.

The maximum sentence for rape is five years in prison.

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