KMT trio file lawsuit alleging false accusation in reply to DPP lawsuit

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff Reporter

Wed, Dec 16, 2015 - Page 3

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers Alex Tsai (蔡正元) and Alicia Wang (王育敏) and former KMT legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) yesterday filed a lawsuit against Democratic Progressive Party spokesperson Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎), alleging a false accusation, in which DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was also mentioned regarding a false accusation.

The DPP on Monday filed a lawsuit against the trio over allegations they made that Tsai Ing-wen had made improper profits through real-estate speculation.

The trio — accompanied by lawyer Yeh Ching-yuan (葉慶元) — held another news conference yesterday morning to extend their allegations against Tsai Ing-wen.

They claimed that not only had she purchased 15 plots of land in Taipei’s Neihu District (內湖) in 1988 and then resold them in 1997, but also that along with her brother, and seafood restaurant chain Hai Pa Wang (海霸王) president Chuang Jung-te (莊榮德), she bought plots of land in Taipei’s Songshan District (松山) in 1993, which she sold in 1996.

Alex Tsai said four of the 15 plots in Neihu had originally been earmarked to be developed into roads.

“How did the 33-year-old Tsai Ing-wen have the financial capacity to buy plots of lands intended for roads and how did she know they would later be used for the construction of real estate?” he asked.

He called on Tsai Ing-wen to straighten out the matter, make a public apology and donate the profits she made from the transactions.

“The DPP said Tsai Ing-wen owned the plots of land in Neihu for nine years before selling them so that does not count as speculation; does her behavior over the Songshan plot, which she kept for only two years, count as speculation then?”

Chiu called Tsai, her brother and Chuang a “land speculation ring” and pledged to reveal other, related scandals.

Chiu asked why the DPP had asked Huang and lawyer Wellington Koo (顧立雄) to press charges rather than have Tsai Ing-wen do it herself, “as the DPP used to be ruthless about suing people.”

It is because Tsai Ing-wen knows that if she is found to have been engaging in illegal activities, she would also have to fight lawsuits stemming from her false accusations, he said.

Alex Tsai, Chiu and Wang, through a commissioned attorney, later yesterday sued Huang, Koo and Tsai Ing-wen accusing them of making false accusations.