Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (
Chen said that the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors' Office's decision not to indict her on Friday was proof she did not fake a vote-buying video in a bid to harm the chances of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Huang Chun-ying (
Huang's camp filed a lawsuit alleging Chen and her staffers had faked a video scene, in which two men -- Ku Hsin-ming (
The video was shown to the press on the eve of the election and Huang Chun-ying's camp alleged that Chen's actions had influenced the election result.
"The truth is very clear now and those who bought votes should be condemned," Chen said.
"If [the court] still wants to hold a recount, then I have no idea what justice is," the mayor added.
On Friday, the Kaohsiung Pros-ecutors' Office ruled that Chen's camp did not fake the scene to set up Huang in a bid to influence the election result.
Ku and Tsai were indicted on violation of the Public Officials Election and Recall Law (
The prosecutors also confirmed that Huang Chun-ying and Huang Po-lin were unaware of Ku and Tsai's vote-buying activities.
The Kaohsiung District Court, however, ruled on Thursday that a recount of the ballots would be held on March 12 because of the slim margin between the number of votes Chen and Huang Chun-ying received.
"There is one way to salvage [justice]: stop the recount," Chen said.
"I'm not afraid of counting the votes again, but there will be endless [disputes] if every candidate that loses an election asks for a recoun," Chen said.
KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (
"Now that Huang Chun-ying has been proven innocent, it's the DPP that should offer the apol-ogy," Ma said yesterday while meeting with KMT members in Kaohsiung.
Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih
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