The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday urged prosecutors to investigate an alleged sexual assault in Greater Taichung involving a member of the party’s Central Review Committee (CRC).
Hsu Chin-ko (許錦構), one of the 11 members of the committee, reportedly attempted to drug and rape a 22-year-old woman surnamed Huang, the daughter of one of his friends, in a motel in Wufeng District (霧峰) on the night of May 15.
The woman was able to flee the motel and reported the case to the Wufeng Precinct of the Taichung City Government Police Bureau two days later.
DPP spokesperson Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) yesterday said that DPP Secretary-General Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀) has demanded that the party’s Department of Organizational Development launch an investigation and hoped that government investigators could find the truth.
If Hsu is convicted of the crime and tarnishes the DPP’s image, he would be reprimanded by the party with no mercy and his CRC membership would be suspended, as the committee is in charge of internal disciplinary cases, Lin said.
Hsu denied the allegation and said he suspected that it was a “politically motivated” set-up plotted by the woman because they supported different candidates in the DPP’s chairmanship election last year, the Chinese-language Apple Daily newspaper reported.
The police confirmed they were investigating the allegation and said that Hsu would be summoned for questioning.