Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Wang Sing-nan (
Wang and other DPP legislators filed charges at the Taipei Prosecutors Office accusing Ma of "malicious defamation" over the bill, which aims to bring to justice those responsible for the 228 Incident and for government crimes during the Martial Law era.
Wang, who proposed the draft bill -- which has been endorsed by 34 other DPP lawmakers -- blasted Ma for his "twisted rhetoric" that claims the bill will involve innocent people because article four of the bill stipulates that if the alleged perpetrators have died, their spouses, sons and even third cousins would have to stand trial in their places.
Wang accused Ma of seriously distorting the intention of the proposed article.
The lawmaker said the aim of the measure was to offer the accused's offspring "the chance to defend their fathers, grandfathers or relatives."
"I have explained what the proposal is all about but he [Ma] still complained and criticized it," Wang told a press conference held with DPP legislators Kao Chien-chih (
"I am filing the slander suit because what he [Ma] said has nothing to do with the truth," Wang Sing-nan said.
On Tuesday Ma said that the DPP had crossed the line in rehashing the 228 Incident because the bill would hurt the victims' families since it failed to take their feelings into account.
The proposal was just a DPP scheme to cement the pan-green camp voter base ahead of next year's elections, Ma said.
KMT Legislator Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權), director of the party's Policy Coordination Committee, turned down an invitation by Wang Sing-nan on Tuesday to a debate on the 228 Incident.
"There is no need to respond to Wang [Sing-nan] as it would only fuel social confrontation between the two camps," Tseng said.
Additional reporting by Jimmy Chuang
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