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High Court to hear Wang injunction case tomorrow

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

The Taiwan High Court yesterday said it would hold a hearing tomorrow afternoon to hear arguments in Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) injunction case.

The High Court said it might make a ruling after the hearing or at a later date.

Meanwhile, the presiding judge on the case, Wei Li-chuan (魏麗娟), was asked by the media and Democratic Progressive Party politicians if she ever campaigned for her husband when he ran for a legislative seat more than 10 years ago and if her husband ever spoke at President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) election campaign events.

They questioned whether Wei could adjudicate the case without political bias.

The High Court said Wei on Monday applied to recuse herself from the case, but the court rejected her application, saying that there was no reason she could not hear the case.

Wei yesterday said she accepted the High Court’s decision and that she would judge the case according to the law.

Wang on Sept. 13 requested an injunction from the Taipei District Court against the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) decision to revoke his party membership over his alleged attempt to improperly influence a prosecutor in a legal case involving DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

The district court ruled that Wang may keep his rights as a KMT member until a final ruling, on the condition that he pay a guarantee of NT$9.38 million (US$315,000) to the party.

The High Court ruling is believed by both camps to be crucial in resolving the ongoing political turmoil.

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