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TNP filing criminal charges against Ma, Wu Poh-hsiung

By Lee Hsin-fang  /  Staff reporter

The Taiwanese National Party (TNP) will file charges against President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) over the ruling party’s “one country, two areas (一國兩區)” proposal later this month, with a regular rally set to protest against the Ma administration each month.

The party, formed in July last year, slammed the “one country, two areas” proposal on Sunday, which was touted by Wu during a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) in Beijing last month.

TNP Chairman Chuang Meng-hsueh (莊孟學) said the party was set to file official charges against the pair tomorrow and has scheduled an anti-Ma rally for the 9th of every month, because nine is a homonym of the last character of Ma’s name.

“The monthly rally is being held to protest against various government issues, including the Ma administration’s unfair judicial -treatment of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁),” Chuang said.

The party said it felt strongly that Ma authorized Wu to propose the formula as a basis to promote cross-strait relations, Chuang said, adding that such actions violated Article 104 of the Criminal Code.

The article stipulates that conspiracy with a foreign state or its agents with the intention of subjecting Republic of China territory to said foreign party or another state is punishable by death or life imprisonment. Offenders of a -preparatory crime of such kind are sentenced to imprisonment of between three and 10 years, Chuang said.

“The people in Taiwan should no longer remain silent in the face of the government’s conspiracy with the country’s enemy in a bid to seek unification [with Beijing]. Meanwhile, the party will also collect all evidence that suggests Ma’s involvement in the crime and lodge file charges against every person involved,” he said.

Translated by Stacy Hsu, staff writer

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