Greater Kaohsiung speaker, seven councilors indicted

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Tue, Jan 08, 2013 - Page 3

Independent Greater Kaohsiung City Council Speaker Hsu Kun-yuan (許崑源) and seven councilors across party lines yesterday were indicted on suspicion of showing their ballots during the council speaker and deputy speaker elections in December 2010.

The eight were charged with leaking confidential information and could be sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison.

The seven councilors are Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) councilors Chen Mei-ya (陳美雅), Istanba Ciban (柯路加) and Lee Ya-ching (李雅靜), Democratic Progressive Party councilors Chen Hsin-yu (陳信瑜) and Istanda Paingav and independent councilors Huang Shih-lung (黃石龍) and Lee Shun-chin (李順進).

All eight have denied the charges, prosecutors said.

After receiving complaints of vote buying during the Dec. 25, 2010, speaker election, the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office sent two prosecutors to investigate. The pair reported that all 66 members of the council were suspected of showing their ballots during the vote.

Four councilors were indicted in September 2011 as part of the case.