The Taiwan High Court yesterday found People First Party (PFP) Legislator Lin Cheng-er (林正二) guilty of vote buying during the 2008 legislative election campaign and sentenced him to almost two years in prison.
Lin was sentenced to two years in prison and three years probation in his first trial, but was found not guilty in a second and third trial.
Ruling in the fourth trial yesterday, the high court sentenced him to one year and eight months in prison, and stripped him of his civil rights for one year and five months. Lin can still appeal to the Supreme Court.
In the same ruling, three of Lin’s aides were sentenced to one year and seven months in prison and were stripped of their civil rights for one year.
The three were convicted of inviting voters to a free dinner party in November 2008 where Lin appeared to urge voters to support him and help out at the PFP. All the attendees were given a NT$300 gift. The judges ruled the dinner and gifts constituted acts of vote buying.
In a civil suit, the high court ruled in July 2010 that Lin’s 2008 election was null and void and he lost his seat. However, Lin won a seat again in the Jan. 14 legislative elections.
Lin said he would appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court.