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DPP sues KMT lawmakers over Tsai's land deals

2015/12/14 21:12:13

Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎, left), Wellington Koo (顧立雄)

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) legal group filed a lawsuit against two Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers and one of the party's ex-lawmakers Sunday for claiming that DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has been involved in land speculation.

The DPP is charging KMT lawmakers Tsai Cheng-yuan (蔡正元) and Wang Yu-min (王育敏), as well as former Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅), with violating the presidential election act by attempting to "make sure certain candidates are not elected."

Wellington Koo (顧立雄), head of the legal group, said Tsai, who is a front-runner in the three-way presidential race, held the purported land for nearly 10 years and accused the KMT of using "emotional" language to implicate her in mishandling of the land.

DPP spokesman Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) said the KMT wrongly accused Tsai of failing to honestly register her assets with the government, and cited erroneous land registration serial numbers and other data to implicate Tsai in land speculation.

The KMT also wrongly accused Tsai of selling land to the Farglory Group, a well known land development company in Taiwan, Huang added.

Koo said Tsai's "simple and pure" buying and selling of land was totally different than KMT vice presidential candidate Wang Ju-hsuan's (王如玄) buying of housing units meant for military dependents -- status that Koo said Wang has never had.

At a press conference, Wang Yu-min, a KMT legislative caucus whip, urged Tsai "not to divert public attention" and to produce her land sales contracts so that the public can have a good grasp of all the facts.

Chiu said that based on official land transaction records for the area in question, it is logical for people to wonder why her sales of the plots of land seemed to run counter to market prices.

"It is up to Tsai Ing-wen to explain to the people," Chiu said, without referring to her title as DPP chairwoman.

As all KMT statements regarding Tsai's suspicious land deals are based on official data, it is "very low class" for the DPP head to "file suit against us," said Tsai Cheng-yuan.

Tsai Cheng-yuan said he would not rule out the possibility of filing a counter-suit against Tsai for "malicious accusation."

(By Wang Cheng-chung, Lin Chang-shun and S.C. Chang)