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Hsinchu County chief sentenced to 4 months

Hsinchu County chief sentenced to 4 months

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Hsinchu County Magistrate Chiu Ching-chun was sentenced to four months in prison Friday after alleging that an election rival took bribes.
Appeals against the verdict by the Hsinchu District Court were still possible.
During the campaign for his re-election last year, Kuomintang incumbent Chiu reportedly made a speech hinting that one of his rivals, former KMT county magistrate Cheng Yung-chin, took bribes on construction contracts.
Cheng sued him under the Election and Recall Act for trying to make him lose the election, and won the first round of his legal case Friday.
The judges listened to a tape recording of Chiu’s speech, reports said. The incumbent county magistrate’s attorney argued that he had used the term “commission,” which was not as serious an allegation. The attorney also said that Chiu never mentioned anybody by name.
However, the judge disagreed and found the county chief guilty of trying to cause his opponent to lose and of spreading false information. Chiu should serve four months in prison and lose his civil rights for one year, the court ruled.
Chiu said he found the verdict unacceptable and would file an appeal.
Both men were once KMT lawmakers and later went on to run Hsinchu County as magistrates. After Cheng finished his second term, Chiu was nominated by the KMT to succeed him, but the two politicians had a falling out and since then, Cheng has run as an independent, even winning the support of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party in the predominantly Hakka region.
In last November’s local elections, Hsinchu County was one of only six cities and counties to remain under KMT control.


Updated : 2021-09-18 05:58 GMT+08:00