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Chu will not be prosecuted over replacement of KMT candidate

Chu will not be prosecuted over replacement of KMT candidate

Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) A special investigation unit of the Supreme Prosecutors Office said Friday it will not prosecute ruling Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu (???) in a case of alleged violation of election law, which was raised after the party replaced its presidential candidate three months before the election. As part of its investigation, the Special Investigation Division (SID) on Oct. 21 summoned Chu, the KMT's recently replaced presidential candidate Hung Husi-chu (???), KMT Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan (???), and an adviser to Hung's campaign Yeh Kuang-shih (???), among others, to answer questions about the matter. The SID concluded that while the KMT had offered Hung a sum of NT$30 million (US$) before it made the decision to replace her with Chu as its 2016 presidential candidate, the money was meant to be the party's financial help to her campaign. The issue was brought to the forefront by opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ting-fei (???), who filed a complaint on Oct. 7, accusing Chu of violating the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act by "offering bribes and other undue reward" to persuade a candidate to withdraw from a race. According to Article 84 of the law, fixed-term imprisonment is the penalty for offering bribes or any other undue reward to persuade a candidate or a person qualified to be a a candidate to abandon their campaign. Chen alleged that Chu attempted three times to convince Hung to quit her bid for the presidency and tried to cut a deal with Hung to induce her to step aside. The lawmaker cited Hung's public comment on Oct. 6 that she has never thought of quitting, even though some people in the party had been trying to talk her out of the campaign by offering her "partnerships" and "resources." On Oct. 8, Legislator Chou Ni-an (???) of the minor opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union also filed a similar complaint with the Supreme Prosecutors Office against Chu and KMT Secretary-General Lee. The KMT revoked Hung's nomination at a special party congress on Oct. 17 and named Chu to be the party's new candidate. Hung was nominated as the party's presidential candidate at a party congress July 19, but had been trailing front-runner Tsai Ing-wen (???) of the DPP by a wide margin in public opinion polls. (By Paige Tsai and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-29 05:04 GMT+08:00