Hon Hai Precision sues newspaper for ‘unbalanced report’

Staff writer, with CNA

Sun, Apr 21, 2013 - Page 3

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co sued a Chinese-language newspaper on Friday for publishing an “unbalanced report” that linked two failed bombing attempts last week to the main suspect’s animosity toward Hon Hai Group chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘).

Hon Hai spokesman Simon Hsing (邢治平) filed the lawsuit on behalf of the company with the Shilin District Court, saying that the United Daily News was the only media outlet to run the story, without verifying with the company and without offering a balanced report.

In response, the daily issued a statement in which it apologized for causing a misunderstanding and said that it regrets Hon Hai’s decision to sue.

Local media reported early this week that Hu Tsung-hsien (胡宗賢), one of the two suspects in the bomb scare cases, harbored grievances against Gou after losing a lawsuit against the tycoon.

The reports speculated that Hu might have planted the explosive devices outside Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lu Chia-chen’s (盧嘉辰) office in New Taipei City (新北市) on April 12, in anticipation of an event involving Gou later that day.

Hsing responded by saying that “none of the reports are true,” adding that Gou has never been involved in litigation with Hu in either a personal or corporate capacity.

Hu and Chu Ya-tung (朱亞東), his suspected accomplice, are accused of allegedly planting explosives on a moving High-Speed Rail train bound for Taipei and outside Lu’s office.

The two soon after flew to China, but were apprehended and brought back to Taiwan, where they have since been held incommunicado.