The Supreme Administrative Court yesterday rejected an appeal by Chen Chih-chung (陳致中), son of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), to be reinstated as Greater Kaohsiung councilor, of which he was stripped after being sentenced to prison for perjury.
Chen Chih-chung filed the appeal with the court after an earlier effort to the Taipei High Administrative Court was also dismissed.
On Aug. 17 last year, Chen Chih-chung was sentenced to three months in prison by the Supreme Court for perjury in a case related to his father’s state affairs fund trial. The jail term was not commutable to fines and was without probation.
Later that day, the Ministry of the Interior cited Article 79 of the Local Government Act (地方制度法) in removing Chen Chih-chung from his position as a Greater Kaohsiung councilor.
Dissatisfied with the ruling, Chen Chih-chung filed an appeal with the Taipei High Administrative Court seeking to invalidate the ministry’s decision, contending that his sentence in the perjury case could be commuted to community service, which he served by giving English lessons to inmates at Kaohsiung Prison.
The former councilor further argued that since he had already served his community service hours, the perjury case posed no impediment to the performance of his duties as councilor and that his removal could “lead to some irreversible damages.”
However, the Taipei High Administrative Court dismissed Chen Chih-chung’s appeal, ruling that the displacement was executed in accordance with relevant laws.
Translated by Stacy Hsu, staff writer