Thu, Dec 01, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Taoyuan candidate calls off 26-hour-long hunger strike

VCD CONTROVERSY The DPP's Cheng Po-ching, angry after being summoned by county prosecutors, called off his fast after discussing the case with senior officials

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Taoyuan county commissioner candidate Cheng Po-ching (鄭寶清) called off his 26-hour-long protest hunger strike yesterday after State Public Prosecutor-General Wu Ying-chao (吳英昭) promised to adopt a more cautious approach in dealing with the investigation into a controversial VCD.

On Tuesday morning Cheng accused John Chang (張進豐), a spokesman for the Taoyuan County Prosecutors Office, of violating the Election and Recall Law (違反選舉罷免法), and began a hunger strike in protest at being summoned for questioning about his alleged involvement in the making of a controversial VCD entitled Ugliness Behind the Beautiful.

Camped out

Cheng and a number of his supporters spent the whole night in front of the Taoyuan district prosecutors office.

State Public Prosecutor General Wu arrived at the prosecutors office at noon yesterday to try resolve the matter quickly. Wu, Liu Wei-tsung (劉惟宗), head of Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office, DPP Legislator Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Cheng then entered an office to discuss the matter.

According to Cheng, Wu promised him that the prosecutors would be more cautious in dealing with the VCD probe and would do their best to avoid influencing the outcome of the local election.

Liu also told reporters that "to avoid any conflict of interest, he had decided to replace Chang in speaking about the case." After the talks, Cheng announced the end of his hunger strike.

`Slanderous'

The VCD reportedly makes slanderous allegations against Cheng's opponent in the Taoyuan County commissioner's post, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Chu Li-lun (朱立倫), hinting that Chu has had illicit affairs with a number of women, including his former secretary.

Angry after receiving a summons from the prosecutors a few days before the election, Cheng has accused the Taoyuan prosecutors of being biased and colluding with Chu to help the KMT candidate win re-election in Saturday's county commissioner elections.

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) also has expressed her dissatisfaction with the Taoyuan prosecutors and said that she did not see the necessity of summoning Cheng as a witness just a few days before the election.

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