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KMT vice presidential candidate sues lawmaker for slander

2015/12/02 23:22

Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) The vice presidential candidate of Taiwan's Kuomintang (KMT) party, Wang Ju-hsuan (王如玄), pressed charges on Wednesday against an opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker for alleged slander, saying legal action was a last resort to defend her honor.

Accompanied by her lawyer, Wang asked filed a complaint against DPP Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office after Tuan accused Wang of using her position as labor minister from 2008-2012 to buy and sell restricted military housing units.

She resorted to legal action because she had had enough of the constant allegations against her, Wang said. "I'm not a perfect person, but I'm definitely someone who abides by the law."

Wang declared that she, her mother and younger sister have each owned one property since she joined the public service in 2008, and those are all residential housing units in a former community for military dependents. Those properties have never been put on the market, she said.

That proves she did not conduct any speculative transactions of the properties as Tuan has alleged, Wang said.

Since she was named as the running mate of KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) on Nov. 18, Wang has been the target of a series of accusations of speculative transactions of property.

(By Liu Shih-yi and Elizabeth Hsu) ENDITEM/sc/