The Miaoli District Prosecutors’ Office’s decision on Thursday to indict political commentator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) and Ho Po-wen (何博文), a DPP legislative candidate, on charges of public defamation just days before the elections was unacceptable, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) said yesterday.
The two are being charged for describing Miaoli County Commissioner Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) as an official without moral principles and a bully on political talk show The Talking Show (大話新聞), on June 23, 2010.
Their comments were because of Liu’s part in the Dapu incident, in which the Miaoli County Government seized farmland to expand the Hsinchu Science Park’s branch in southern Hsinchu by blocking off roads and sending excavators into farms that were awaiting harvest.
“When I spoke as I did, it was to give a voice to the disadvantaged, and the public has its own opinion of the matter,” Ho said, adding that the person who “ruined arable land” and “caused the death of elderly farmers” has not been punished, nor were there any judicial investigations into the Dapu incident.
“In contrast, professor Hsu and I, the people who gave a voice to the disadvantaged, were indicted,” Ho said. “Is there still justice in Taiwan?”
Liu said on Thursday that the Prosecutors’ Office’s indictment rendered him and the county government justice, adding that he would also sue Ho and Hsu for criminal and civil reparations for NT$5 million (US$165,400) each, promising to donate all of the reparations to disadvantaged groups.
Translated by Jake Chung, Staff Writer