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Another KMT lawmaker stripped of seat for vote-buying

Another KMT lawmaker stripped of seat for vote-buying

Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) Legislator Liao Cheng-ching of the ruling Kuomintang from Taoyuan County was stripped of his legislative seat by the Taiwan High Court Tuesday for vote-buying.
The court threw out his appeal against a lower court's ruling that annulled his election, on the grounds that his offer of NT$30,000 each to several borough administrators and relatives in return for their promises to solicit votes for him during his election campaign constituted vote-buying.
The verdict is not subject to appeal. However, Liao challenged the court's ruling, saying he was not given a fair trial and he vowed to ask the Control Yuan to intervene.
Liao is the fourth KMT lawmaker in 11 months to be stripped of his seat by the court because of vote-buying.
In a separate trial in September, he was sentenced by a criminal court in Taoyuan County to three and half years in prison, also for vote buying.
That case is pending in the Taiwan High Court, as Liao appealed the verdict.
The KMT won 81 of the 113 seats that were at stake in the 2008 legislative elections.
(By Maubo Chang)




Updated : 2021-05-14 19:21 GMT+08:00