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Kaohsiung mayor voices frustration, claims car wired with tracker

2019/08/20 23:41:09

Taipei and Kaohsiung, Aug. 20 (CNA) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the opposition Kuomintang's (KMT's) 2020 presidential candidate, voiced Tuesday his frustration at constant intrusion into his personal privacy, alleging that his car has possibly been wired by the government with a tracking device.

Speaking to reporters in Kaohsiung, Han said he felt it is wrong that the government could monitor him and his family.

His comments came in the wake of a series of allegations about his private life and behavior, including his alleged love of playing mahjong, drinking and womanizing.

Earlier this year, local media also reported him spending a lavish vacation on the Indonesian island of Bali with his family during the Lunar New Year holiday, and playing mahjong with a group of friends while there.

In a statement issued later Tuesday, the Kaohsiung City government said Han is fed up to a point that he wished to lodge a protest, although it failed to elaborate on where the tracker was installed or provide a picture of the actual device as evidence.

Anne Wang (王淺秋), director-general of the Kaohsiung Information Bureau, said the city government will make the details public once it has gathered all the necessary information.

"The suspicious tracker is not the same as a built-in car GPS (Global Positioning System)," Wang said without further elaboration.

In response to Han's allegations, presidential spokesman Chang Chun-han (張惇涵) said the government would never carry out such illegal monitoring of the actions of specific persons and urged Han not make such accusations without providing evidence.

Chang also asked the Kaohsiung mayor to provide proof of the issue to prosecutors and police as soon as possible, adding that the Presidential Office supports a thorough investigation by the authorities to clarify the truth.

The Ciaotou District Prosecutors Office and Kaohsiung police both responded Tuesday that no relevant information has been received so far from the mayor's office.

The office, meanwhile, said that if Han is aware of any evidence, it can file a report and that prosecutors will do their best to investigate the matter.

Wang Po-tun (王柏敦), an official with the Ciaotou Prosecutors Office, said that if Han was to file a charge on offences against privacy, he would have to do it personally.

Based on the Criminal Code, anyone caught committing offenses against privacy is subject to imprisonment of no more than three years, or a fine of NT$300,000, Wang said.

(By Chen Chi-fong, Wen Kuei-hsiang, Wang Shu-fen and Ko Lin)
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