Taiwan DPP legislator to serve jail time over corruption charges

Kao Jyh-peng was convicted of corruption in 2006

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Kao Jyh-peng

Kao Jyh-peng (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An appeal by a DPP legislator over a 2006 corruption charge was dismissed by the Supreme Court today, which ruled he must serve jail time.

Legislator Kao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) was accused of influence peddling and receiving an illegal donation of NT$500,000. The High Court in Taichung sentenced Kao to four years and six months in prison and a fine of NT$500,000 ($16,220).

Kao appealed the initial verdict but the decision was overturned and the legislator was sent back for a retrial, where he was once again found guilty and sentenced to seven years and six months. He appealed again but after a second retrial in 2016, the High Court upheld its ruling.

Kao’s final appeal was dismissed by the Supreme Court today (Dec. 26), who said the verdict had been rendered and Kao must go to prison, CNA reports.

Kao currently holds the seat of Sanchong District (三重區) in New Taipei. Ministry of the Interior Department of Civil Affairs Director-General Lin Ching-chi (林清淇) said since Kao had already served over a year in office, a by-election will take place some time within the next three months

Law regarding elected government employees states upon the death, resignation, or arrest of an employee, a by-election must take place within three months if they have served for over a year.

If an elected official has held their position for less than a year, a by-election does not take place.