The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday said that what it worried about most was that the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) would resort to the "dirty trick" of vote-buying in the upcoming elections.
"We are cautiously optimistic about the elections," said Hsieh Hsin-ni (
Hsieh made the remarks in response to the KMT's release of a list on Tuesday of the "dirty" election tactics it said the DPP was likely to resort to in order to win the legislative elections next month and the presidential election in March.
Among the items appearing on the list were the staging of destabilizing incidents, the manipulation of ethnic issues and the assassination of the DPP or KMT presidential candidate.
It also listed the postponement of the election as a possible DPP ploy.
In response, the DPP caucus said that the KMT's list was no more than a figment of the party's imagination.
Hsieh yesterday also raised the possibility that the leak of the alleged minutes of a meeting earlier this month between American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymond Burghardt and KMT vice presidential candidate Vincent Siew (
"The KMT is very good at tarnishing the reputation of others," she said.
The High Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by former Taiwan Federation of Financial Unions deputy director Lai Wan-chih (賴萬枝), upholding a sexual assault conviction against him. In 2017 the Taoyuan District Court found Lai guilty of sexually assaulting a secretary, sentencing him to three years and two months in prison in the first ruling, which he appealed. Court documents showed that Lai was part of a federation-organized weekend trip to Nantou County in June 2014. After dinner and KTV, Lai and others in the group went to the secretary’s room and he remained until they were the only two left, the documents
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