KMT dis­ci­pline com­mit­tee aims to ‘ex­pel mem­ber­ship’ of Clara Chou

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY AMY CHYAN

The Kuom­intang’s ( KMT) Eval­u­a­tion and Dis­ci­pline Com­mit­tee (EDC, ) unan­i­mously de­cided after their dis­cus­sion yes­ter­day to “ex­pel” me­dia critic Clara Chou’s ( ) party mem­ber­ship.

Ac­cord­ing to a KMT mem­ber, the next step will be for the party to re­view the EDC’s pro­posal to “ex­pel” Chou’s party mem­ber­ship at the Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing to­day be­fore an of­fi­cial decision is made.

The KMT’s Taipei chap­ter col­lected ev­i­dence rel­e­vant to ver­bal at­tacks Chou has made to­ward the KMT within the last six months and will be rec­om­mend­ing pun­ish­ment ac­cord­ing to the party’s char­ter. The party’s Taipei chap­ter will be send­ing their re­port to the KMT’s Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

Chou to Ap­peal Decision

Chou posted a re­sponse on her Face­book page yes­ter­day after hear­ing about the po­ten­tial ex­pul­sion of her KMT party mem­ber­ship.

Chou said that due to the KMT’s ques­tion­able ac­tions taken to ex­pel her party mem­ber­ship, she will be go­ing to the Taipei Dis­trict Court with her lawyer to­day at 11 a.m. to ap­peal the KMT’s decision.

The KMT’s Cen­tral Com­mit­tee has not made a com­ment about Chou’s court ap­peal.

Ac­cord­ing to a source close to the KMT, Chou’s mem­ber­ship will be “ex­pelled” ( ), though this will re­main un­con­firmed un­til the Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing to­day. In com­par­i­son, Leg­isla­tive Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s ( ) party mem­ber­ship was “re­voked” ( ), which pro­ce­du­rally does not have to go through the Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Civil and Crim­i­nal Law­suit

for Chou: Hung

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou ( ) ap­pointed lawyer Hung Wen­jun ( ) to of­fi­cially pro­vide no­tice of a civil and crim­i­nal law­suit to­ward Chou on be­half of Ma at the Taipei Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day.

Ma is su­ing Chou in a per­sonal ca­pac­ity due to Chou’s con­tin­ued ac­cu­sa­tion that Ma re­ceived po­lit­i­cal graft from tainted oil man­u­fac­turer Ting Hsin ( ).

Ac­cord­ing to Hung, Ma is seek- ing NT$10 mil­lion in da­m­ages and a pub­lic apol­ogy from Chou printed on the front pages of the “big four news­pa­pers” in the civil law­suit. Ma is su­ing Chou for “ag­gra­vated defama­tion” in the crim­i­nal law­suit, said Hung.

Hung said that Chou’s al­le­ga­tions that Ma ac­cepted Ting Hsin’s po­lit­i­cal do­na­tion is false and has been clar­i­fied many times by re­lated per­son­nel. Hung said that the re­peated un­true at­tacks from Chou were what led to the law­suits.

When asked if Ma would be ap­pear­ing in court if re­quested, Hung said that they will pro­ceed ac­cord­ing to the law.

AP

Kuom­intang (KMT) spokesman Charles Chen ( ) is seen an­swer­ing me­dia ques­tions, yes­ter­day. Chen an­nounced meet­ing re­sults from the KMT’s Eval­u­a­tion and Dis­ci­pline Com­mit­tee ( ) that agreed on ex­pelling me­dia per­son­al­ity Clara Chou’s ( ) party mem­ber­ship.

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