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Supreme Court upholds former lawmaker's rape convictions

2016/10/07 20:12:26

Fung Hu-hsiang (馮滬祥, CNA file photo)

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) Taiwan's Supreme Court upheld Friday a Taiwan High Court's decision to convict former lawmaker Fung Hu-hsiang (馮滬祥) of raping a Filipino caregiver, and to sentence him to three years and four months in prison.

According to the verdict, the former New Party legislator raped the woman, who was hired by his family, at his home in Taipei in 2004. After the rape, she contacted a friend, who informed the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei of the abuse.

An employee from the office accompanied her to a local hospital for treatment and the hospital reported the rape to the police, according to the verdict.

The woman returned to the Philippines after signing a settlement agreement with the lawmaker and receiving NT$800,000 (US$25,432) in a settlement fee.

In the first and second trials and the first retrial, Fung was sentenced to four years in prison on charges of rape. In the second retrial, he was sentenced to one year on charges of taking advantage of his authority to have sexual intercourse with another person, but the prison term was reduced to six months, with the penalties commutable to a fine.

In the third and fourth retrials, Fung was given a not guilty verdict after the victim went back on her original police report and denied that she had been raped by Fung. However, Fung was again sentenced to four years at the fifth retrial.

In the sixth retrial, the Taiwan High Court found Fung guilty and sentenced him to three years and four months in prison.

The verdict upheld by the Supreme Court on Friday is final.

In a statement issued that day, Fung accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party government of political revenge and judicial persecution, and said the verdict is meant to damage his reputation.

He said he is innocent and accused the police of framing him.

(By Wang Yang-yu and Christie Chen)