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Two lawmakers punished for defamation

Two lawmakers punished for defamation

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Two lawmakers were punished Tuesday for defamation in separate Taiwan High Court cases.
Kao Chin Su-mei, an aboriginal legislator affiliated with the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union, was sentenced to 55 days in jail for calling a local advertiser "a beast in human clothing" in an article published on her blog.
The court said in its judgment that Kao Chin should be punished because her blog is linked to many other blogs and her article has done more harm to the victim than if she had issued the insult verbally.
The court, however, allowed her the option of paying a fine in lieu of jail time.
Meanwhile, Kao Jyh-peng, a lawmaker of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, was fined NT$6,000 for calling fellow legislator Chou Yi of the ruling Kuomintang "a mad dog" at a news conference.
There is no recourse to appeal in either case. (By Maubo Chang)




Updated : 2021-05-12 23:49 GMT+08:00