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KMT Legislator Hung Hsiu-chu indicted for slander

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) was yesterday indicted on a slander charge for calling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Yu Shyi-kun a dog.

Social critic Cheng Tsun-chi (鄭村棋) was also indicted in the defamation case.

Taipei District Prosecutors' Office Spokesman Lin Jinn-tsun (林錦村) yesterday said that Cheng and Hung, during the course of a television talk show hosted by Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC) chairman Jaw Shao-kong (趙少康) and broadcast last September, defamed Yu by calling him a dog.

On the TV talk show Cheng said "You [Yu] are ungrateful. I call you a dog because I want [President] Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to know that you are his most loyal dog. You are his best dog."

Hung then said that Yu was the most loyal dog she had ever seen.

Hung responded to yesterday's indictment by saying that she respected the prosecutors' decision.

A number of legislators across party lines and TV talk show political commentators have faced slander lawsuits recently for their acrimonious comments on a number of TV talk shows.

Former Chinese Unity Promotion Party chairman Lin Cheng-chieh (林正杰) -- a democracy activist-turned pro-unification commentator -- was sentenced to fifty days in jail last December by the Taipei District Court for slapping and kicking Contemporary Monthly magazine editor Chin Heng-wei (金恆煒) during a TV debate last August on whether the president should resign over corruption allegations.

On Thursday, Taipei judges also fined President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) for remarks he made about People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) in June 2005.

The president accused Soong of secretly meeting with Chinese officials in the US, but provided no evidence to support the claim.

Judges fined Chen NT$3 million (US$90,900), and required him to print advertisements apoligizing to Soong in three major Chinese-language dailies. Soong had originally asked for NT$50 million in compensation.

Slander and libel lawsuits are a regular feature of the nation's politics.

Most major politicians have at one time been involved in such suits, either as the victim or the defendant.

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