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Controversial Chiu Yi announces plan to rejoin the KMT

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Independent Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) announced yesterday that he will rejoin the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), but hesitated to reveal whether he would enter the Kaohsiung mayoral election at the year's end.

With Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) vouching for him, Chiu said that he has already filled out his application form and would hand it over to KMT caucus whip Pan Wei-kang (潘維剛) soon.

When asked whether he would enter the Kaohsiung mayoral poll, Chiu said that it is one of the many options available to him in the future, but emphasized that the party has many other talented people and that he has to take care of his three children as a single father.

Meanwhile, Chiu yesterday cried foul over a subpoena issued by the Kaohsiung District Court asking him to appear in court on Friday.

Chiu is charged with violating the Assembly and Parade Law (集會遊行法) by leading a group of pan-blue supporters in an attack on the Kaohsiung District Court building on March 20, 2004, while protesting the result of the presidential election. Prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence of 18 months.

The court issued the subpoena on Monday after Chiu failed to show up at last Friday's hearing. Chiu has reportedly been absent from several court hearings related to the case.

Chiu said yesterday that while the court claimed he has appeared at only 10 of the hearings, he has actually attended court more than 20 times.

"I remember one time I received eight summons in one day and I answered all of them," he said. "I go to 70 percent of the court hearings, and when I can't make it, I ask my lawyers to go on my behalf."

Chiu also questioned whether it is appropriate for the plaintiff, the Kaohsiung District Court, to handle the case.

Claiming that the trial is illegal, Chiu said that he is planning to file for compensation for the losses he has incurred over the past few months.

Other KMT lawmakers also jumped to Chiu's defense.

KMT caucus whip Pan Wei-kang (潘維剛) said that she suspects that there is political interference in the matter and called on the administration to keep its nose out of the judicial system.

KMT legislators Lee Chuan-chiao (李全教) echoed Pan's opinion and declared that "justice is dead."

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