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Apple Daily: TaiMed case an example of dirty politics

2012/08/15 12:02:39

The corruption allegations made during the 2012 presidential campaign against candidate Tsai Ing-wen in connection with the TaiMed Biologics Inc. investment project was a complete fabrication aimed at smearing her.

Now that the purpose has been achieved and Tsai has lost the election, prosecutors said Tuesday the case had been closed because no criminal acts were found.

In normal democratic countries, prosecutors usually refuse to accept complaints filed against election candidates except in cases of flagrante delicto -- when somebody is essentially caught red-handed. Investigations into suspicions are carried out after elections to avoid influencing their results. This also helps prevent the appearance of prosecutors helping a certain candidate attack another.

In Taiwan, however, biased and stupid prosecutors often listen to a certain side during an election and allow the campaign of the other side to be damaged.

Before Tsai's case, there was the Chung Hsing Bills Finance case involving candidate James Soong during the 2000 presidential election, which was also later closed without an indictment being handed down.

We suggest that the country's election laws be amended to forbid prosecutors from accepting complaints involving candidates during an election campaign, except in cases of flagrante delicto, to maintain election fairness. (Editorial abstract -- Aug. 15, 2012)

(By Y.F. Low)