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Farglory sues Ko for defamation

Farglory sues Ko for defamation

Farglory sues Ko for defamation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei Dome developer Farglory Group has sued Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je for defamation, reports said Wednesday.
Ko and Farglory tycoon Chao Teng-hsiung have been enveloped in a war of words ever since the former took office last December 25. At issue have been the safety, the environmental impact and the pricing of the Taipei Dome, a 40,000-seat sports stadium complex.
At the origin of the latest move were repeated statements by Ko accusing Farglory of being a “greedy business.” The company had filed a suit for aggravated defamation with the Taipei District Court, the Chinese-language Liberty Times reported Wednesday.
Since Chao had brought the complaint and Ko was the only target of the legal action, it was possible that both could confront each other in court, reports said.
In its action, Farglory referred to several statements allegedly made by the mayor. On May 21, Ko told city councilors from the Democratic Progressive Party that there had been nothing wrong with the original design of the Taipei Dome, but that after Farglory won the bid, it continuously expanded the number of floors, reducing the room needed for a safe escape. The company had been motivated by greed and involved in questionable relations between business and politics, Ko was accused of having said.
On May 24, Ko repeated the same phrases at a public symposium, Farglory alleged.
The third incident occurred on June 13 at a Taipei Dome safety hearing in the presence of company representatives, when the mayor said again that problems with the project were the result of Farglory’s greed and its questionable relations with politics.
The company accused Ko of having damaged its public standing and reputation. As a result, it had no choice but to ask its attorneys to collect Ko’s statements and file a lawsuit against the mayor, Farglory said.