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Former Taoyuan deputy commissioner thrown out of KMT

By Shih Hsiao-kuang  /  Staff reporter

The disciplinary committee of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) decided yesterday to strip former Taoyuan County deputy commissioner Yeh Shih-wen (葉世文) of his party membership after his involvement in a bribery scandal.

The disciplinary committee held a meeting yesterday, concluding with a consensus that Yeh’s party membership should be revoked.

Responding to reporters’ inquiries about the party’s slow reaction in carrying out its disciplinary measures, KMT spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said party headquarters had been keen to penalize Yeh, but the process was delayed by the Dragon Boat Festival holiday and a procedure to confirm Yeh’s party membership.

Chen said in terms of the number of working days that have passed, there was no procrastination at all.

However, the party was not as quick as it was with its disciplinary action in the cases of former Executive Yuan secretary-general Lin Yi-shih (林益世) in July 2012 and former Nantou County commissioner Lee Chao-ching (李朝卿) in November 2012 when both were punished, with the former being stripped of his party membership and the latter’s party rights suspended on the same day they were ordered by a court to be detained.

The party’s disciplinary committee took only two days to decide to suspend the rights of KMT Taipei City councilor Lai Su-ju (賴素如) after she was detained on charges of accepting bribes in March last year.

Yeh was ordered to be detained by a court last Saturday.

Chen said that the disciplinary committee had made its decision in accordance with a resolution by the party’s integrity committee, which had held a meeting to discuss the case on Wednesday.

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