Fri, Apr 06, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Court order postpones date for Chiu to report to prison

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) does not have to report to prison next Monday after a court order yesterday postponed the date.

The order was the third time the court has suspended a prosecutors' request to begin Chiu's jail sentence.

Chiu was found guilty of leading a group of protesters in an attempt to break through the gates of the Kaohsiung District Court on March 21, 2004, after the 2004 presidential election.

The Supreme Court turned down Chiu's appeal on March 22 and upheld the ruling of the Kaohsiung branch of the Taiwan High Court, which sentenced Chiu to 14 months in jail on charges of creating a public disturbance.

Judges rejected a request from prosecutors on March 23 that Chiu begin his prison time, because Chiu had not received the verdict.

Judges said that the request violated procedure as the convicted must receive his verdict first.

After Kaohsiung prosecutors made sure that the verdict was delivered to Chiu on March 28, they filed another request to the court on March 29 but were again rejected.

The Taiwan High Court's Kaohsiung branch yesterday rejected a third request to have Chiu report to jail next Monday, saying prosecutors had acted too quickly.

"There are holidays from April 5 to April 8. Prosecutors were asking to jail Chiu on April 9. It is unreasonable because Chiu would not have enough time to conclude or finish his affairs," the judge was quoted as saying in the court's statement.

Kaohsiung District Prosecutors' Office Spokesman Chung Chung-hsiao (鍾忠孝) said that prosecutors would appeal the court decision.

"It is very difficult to persuade me that no politics are involved in this case," Chiu said.

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