Council of Indigenous Peoples Chairman Chen Chien-nien (陳建年) was indicted yesterday for buying votes for his daughter in last December's legislative election, and prosecutors also suggested a two-and-a-half-year prison term for him. \nChen proclaimed his innocence yesterday and accused prosecutors of filing false charges against him. \n"I have just read the indictment and found the prosecutors are using false evidence against me," he said. \nProsecutors raided the headquarters of Chen's daughter, Chen Ying (陳瑩) two days before the legislative elections. Running as a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate, she won one of four legislative seats reserved for plains Aborigines. \nYesterday Chen Ying accused prosecutors of trying to victimize her father and her supporters. \nTaitung District Prosecutors' Office spokeswoman Hsueh Yueh-yi (薛樂儀) said because Chen Chien-nien has denied the charge, the prosecutors recommended a heavier prison term and also asked the court to deprive him of his civil rights for eight years. \nTwenty-seven other people were also indicted for vote-buying or taking election-related kickbacks yesterday, while 40 people who admitting to such crimes had their indictments suspended by prosecutors. \nLast August Taitung prosecutors received a letter accusing Chen Chien-nien and his confidential secretary Chen Cheng-hsu (陳正旭) of going to a voter's home and bribing him with NT$ 2,000 to vote for Chen's daughter. \nThe prosecutors summoned more than 300 people for questioning in the case. \nChen Cheng-hsu, was among those indicted. Prosecutors have suggested a year and a half prison term, with deprivation of civil rights for six years. \nChen Ming-chin (陳敏智), the former director of the DPP's Taitung branch and Hsu Chiu-jung (徐秋蓉), a Taitung representative of the DPP's social development department were indicted for giving a woman named Chen A-lan (陳阿蘭) NT$ 20,000 to spread on canvassing for Chen Ying. \nProsecutors asked for a one-year sentence for Chen Ming-chin and a one-and-a-half-year term for Hsu Chiu-jung. \nChen Ming-chan (陳敏展), a restaurant owner and friend of Chen Chien-nien, was indicted for offering his restaurant as the site of a free party for voters. \nChen Chien-nien is a Puyuma Aborigine and a former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) county commissioner for Taitung. \nHis residence in Taipei and office at Council of Indigenous Peoples were also raided by the prosecutors assigned the case.
A video allegedly featuring retired general Kao An-kuo (高安國) calling on Taiwanese military officers to surrender to China and overthrow the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government has sparked outrage and calls for him to be charged with treason. The video, titled “A message to Taiwanese military officers,” allegedly shows Kao saying: “I call on commanding officers of our military troops to stand up for Chinese nationalism, to take up this duty under heaven’s mandate to save Taiwanese from oppression and terrible suffering.” Dressed in military fatigues and a beret, the lieutenant general called on officers to overthrow the “fraudulent DPP regime,”
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A solo exhibition by Taiwanese artist Lee Kuang-yu (李光裕) at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay has generated considerable attention since its opening last year, including from Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍). Since the COVID-19 pandemic closed borders early last year, domestic tourism in Singapore has soared at destinations such as the popular Gardens by the Bay, a nature park in the city-state’s Central Region. Since the venue’s reopening in August last year, “A Sculptor’s Secret Garden,” a solo exhibition of Lee Kuang-yu’s work curated by Tan Hwee Koon (陳慧君), has been been especially popular. Originally scheduled to close today, the show