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Prosecutors indict campaign staffer

By Meggie Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

A staffer of Democratic Progressive Party legislator-elect Yu Tien's (余天) campaign office was indicted yesterday on charges of threatening supporters of the opposition camp before the Jan. 12 legislative elections.

The case was filed against Wang Ying-lan (王瑛嵐), also known by his nickname "Hei Song" (黑松), after the police received information indicating that Wang may have threatened borough warden Chuang Chin-lung (莊金龍), an entertainer better known as Kao Chun (高群).

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Wang allegedly warned Chuang against supporting Yu's opponent, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Chu Chun-hsiao (朱俊曉), and performing at Chu's campaign rallies.

Chu has claimed that Chuang was only "one of many borough wardens threatened by Yu's camp."

Chu said that he would file a lawsuit against Yu for election irregularities.

Yu, who received 75,212 votes, won by a margin of 1,926 votes in the election.

`DRINK TEA'

Earlier last week, after Wang was released on NT$100,000 bail, he told media that he had only asked Chuang to "drink tea," an invitation that Chu's staffers purposely misinterpreted as a threat to contend Yu's victory.

In response to the indictment, Yu yesterday said that he was "amazed" by the "unusually speedy investigation."

"There are people who should be investigated and indicted but aren't," he said. "If the police [always] demonstrated such efficiency, society would not be as chaotic as it is today."

Yu said he believed "Hei Song" was innocent and would hire a lawyer for him for the upcoming court trial.

Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of 14 months for Wang.

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