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Opinions split on implications of vote-buying verdict against PFP lawmaker

APPLICATION:Questions have been raised whether the conviction is limited to Lin Cheng-er’s previous term for which he was prosecuted, or include his current one

By Su Fang-ho and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The controversy over the Lin case has also drawn attention to similar cases, such as Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Liao Cheng-ching (廖正井), who had also been accused of vote-buying during his campaign for the Seventh Legislature.

Officials have said that Liao’s powers were not suspended immediately after he was found guilty in 2009 because the courts did not necessarily mail the verdict to the individual’s office or because there was a time lapse in the mailing of the verdict.

Wu said Huang’s comments were only an excuse for administrative inaction.

Lin’s suspension could also cause the PFP caucus in the Legislative Yuan to disband due to a lack of members.

PFP spokesman Thomas Lee (李桐豪) said the issue was still under discussion and that the party would consider forming a political coalition if necessary.

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