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Home Editorials of Interest Articles of Interest Hsiao Bi-khim charges Ma Ying-jeou’s administration of wrongful detentions

Hsiao Bi-khim charges Ma Ying-jeou’s administration of wrongful detentions

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Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim talks about political prosecutions in Taiwan

Taiwan Political Prisoner Report, Jan. 17, 2013. Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim says that while the prosecution of former Republic of China in-exile President Chen Shui-bian is the most significant case against the Democratic Progressive Party by Ma Ying-jeou, it is only one of many political prosecutions against the opposition party in Taiwan.

“You have to put President Chen’s case in a context,” said Hsiao. “Many members of our party, senior government officials who had been incarcerated or detained prior to trial have been acquitted. Two county magistrates and also his former chief of staff, who had been detained prior to trial for nearly two months. They shaved his hair, humiliated him. And he was recently found not guilty, acquitted so he is suing the government for wrongful detention.”

“But there are many cases like this of senior government officials who have been wrongfully detained and now acquitted of all the allegations or free of the allegations. This is really very problematic so we really doubt that there were not political considerations in the trial process,” explained Hsiao.

Legislator Hsiao continued: “Chen is the only one who has made it to the top from the opposition. It is almost a threatening message to the rest of us that this could happen to you too if you unsettle the KMT, if you disrupt KMT’s monopoly of power in Taiwan.”

Hsiao Bi-khim’s assertion that the Democratic Progressive Party is under attack by the Kuomintang administration of Ma Ying-jeou and overly zealous prosecutors is buttressed by a lengthy list of DPP politicians accused of corruption but found not guilty in court.

Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, Former vice president, indicted for corruption for using fraudulent receipts to claim state affairs funds, not guilty by District Court, July 2, 2012.

Peng Pai-hsien, Former Nantou County commissioner featuring 11 year battle over corruption charges, 61 days of detention, not guilty by Supreme Court, July 28, 2011.

Su Huan-chih, Former Tainan County commissioner, detained for questioning without indictment.

Hsu Tain-tsair, Former Tainan City mayor, charged with corruption, not guilty by High Court, Aug. 12, 2011.

Chiou I-jen, Former National Security Council secretary-general detained 51 days for corruption and subjected to convict haircut, not guilty by High Court, June 20, 2012.

Michael Kau Ying-mao, Former deputy foreign minister charged with corruption, not guilty by High Court, June 20, 2012.

Shieh Ching-jyh, Former National Science Council deputy chairman, detained 59 days for corruption, not guilty by High Court, Aug. 4, 2012.

Shih Shou-chien, Former National Palace Museum director, charged with corruption, not guilty by High Court, Sept. 20, 2012.

Yu Shyi-kun, Former DPP chairman, indicted for corruption for using fraudulent receipts to claim state affairs funds, not guilty by District Court, July 2, 2012.

Frank Hsieh Chang-ting, DPP presidential nominee in 2008 election, accused of corruption, case dismissed with no indictment following ten year investigation, August 13, 2012

Mark Chen Tang-shan, Former presidential secretary-general, indicted for corruption, not guilty by District Court, Nov. 29, 2011.

Tu Cheng-sheng, Former minister of education, charged with corruption, not guilty by District Court, Nov. 29, 2011.

Lee Yi-yang, Former interior minister, charged with corruption, not guilty by District Court, Nov. 29, 2011.

Shih Mao-lin, Former justice minister, charged with corruption, not guilty by District Court, Nov. 29, 2011.

Chu Wu-hsian, Former Central Personnel Administration director-general, charged with corruption, not guilty by District Court, Nov. 29, 2011.

Hsu Yang-ming, Former Tainan City deputy mayor, indicted for corruption, not guilty by High Court, Nov. 4, 2010.

Wu Li-pei, Former senior presidential policy advisor, charged with corruption, not guilty by District Court, Nov. 3, 2011.

Chen Che-nan, Former deputy presidential secretary-general, charged with corruption, not guilty by High Court, Feb. 25, 2009.

Chou Li-liang, Former Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit Bureau director-general, charged with corruption, not guilty by Supreme Court, July 5, 2012.

Huang Wei-cher, Legislator (Tainan County), indicted for bribery, not guilty by High Court, Sept. 22, 2011.

Wu Nai-jen, Former DPP secretary-general, charged with corruption, not guilty by High Court, Sept. 4, 2012.

Wu Ming-min, Former legislator, indicted for corruption, not guilty by Supreme Court, Feb. 9, 2012.

Su Chih-fen, Yunlin County Commissioner, indicted for corruption, detained eleven days, not guilty by Supreme Court, Jan. 10, 2013.

Hsu Hsiang-kun, Former Taiwan Water Co chairman, indicted for corruption, not guilty by District Court, Aug. 30, 2010.

Lin Shang-kai, Former Kaohsiung City Bureau of Finance director, indicted for corruption, not guilty by High Court, Aug. 31, 2009.

Kao Jyh-peng, Legislator, indicted for corruption, not guilty by High Court, Jan. 20, 2011.

Lee Chun-yi, Former legislator, indicted for corruption, not guilty by High Court, Aug. 29, 2012.

Jao Yung-ching, Former legislator, indicted for corruption, not guilty by High Court, Aug. 29, 2012.

Kung Jaw-sheng, Former Financial Supervision Commission chairman, indicted for corruption, not guilty by High Court, Oct. 20, 2010.

Huang Li-chen, Former mayor of Puzhi City, indicted for corruption, not guilty by High Court, Oct. 4, 2012.

Next: Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim on Chen Shu-bian’s prison conditions

Source: Michael Richardson - Boston Progressive Examiner



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