Former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday filed a lawsuit against Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min (陳肇敏) for his comments implying the assassination attempt on the eve of the 2004 presidential election was staged.
“I suggested that former president Chen ask for NT$10 million [US$300,000] in compensation for the damage the minister’s remarks caused to the former president’s reputation,” former Democratic Progressive Party legislator Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇), an attorney, told reporters as he filed the suit on the former president’s behalf at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday morning.
Hsu said Chen Shui-bian would ask prosecutors in charge of the slander case to go to the original site of the incident to investigate.
Hsu said that although Chen Chao-min apologized for the remarks on Monday, the former president still chose to file the suit to defend his name.
During his first briefing to the legislature’s Diplomacy and National Defense Committee on May 19, Chen Chao-min said the wounds on former president Chen Shui-bian’s abdomen had not been caused by the shooting on Chinhua Street in Tainan City.
Chen Chao-min said his remarks were based on the investigation conducted by the 319 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Committee, of which he was a member.
The shooting occurred when Chen Shui-bian and former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) were campaigning in a jeep in Tainan City. The incident left both Chen Shui-bian and Lu with minor injuries.