Ko called as wit­ness in ty­coon vs. pun­dit law­suit

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (

) yes­ter­day ap­peared at the Taipei Dis­trict Court as a wit­ness to a law­suit be­tween Hon Hai Chair­man Terry Gou ( ) and lo­cal po­lit­i­cal pun­dit Clara Chou ( ).

The rea­sons be­hind the law­suit can be traced back to one of Ko’s in­ter­views in Jan­uary this year, when the mayor claimed that a “cer­tain en­tre­pre­neur” had do­nated NT$300 mil­lion in po­lit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions to his Taipei may­oral elec­tion op­po­nent Sean Lien ( ).

Fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the mayor’s state­ment, Chou made the ac­cu­sa­tion on na­tional tele­vi­sion that Ko’s al­leged busi­ness­man is none other than Gou.

In re­sponse, Gou ap­pointed a lawyer to sue Chou for of­fenses against per­sonal rep­u­ta­tion and cred­its ( ) , and is seek­ing civil com­pen­sa­tion of NT$10 mil­lion.

Ko was named as a wit­ness by Chou dur­ing the course of the on­go­ing case and the mayor was sum­monsed by the court yes­ter­day.

Cross ex­am­i­na­tion was con­ducted be­hind closed door, but sources say that Ko’s said be­fore the court that he had ob­tained in­for­ma­tion claim­ing Gou had pro­vided Lien with po­lit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions af­ter hear­ing it from Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) cau­cus whip Ker Chienming ( ).

Upon learn­ing the in­for­ma­tion, Gou’s at­tor­ney re­port­edly de­manded a meet­ing be­tween Ko and Ker for the sake of clar­i­fy­ing the case.

Gou’s Do­nated not to Lien but to

the Taipei Expo Park: Ker

In re­lated news, Ker held a press con­fer­ence at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan yes­ter­day to re­spond to Ko’s state­ment in court. Ac­cord­ing to Ker, the mayor’s state­ment was false, and he had in fact told the mayor that Gou had in­stead do­nated NT$300 mil­lion to the Taipei Expo Park.

Ac­cord­ing to Ker, Ko ap­proached him in July or Au­gust last year and asked the cau­cus whip to in­tro­duce the then-may­oral can­di­date to Gou. Ker said that he did not ful­fill Ko’s re­quest af­ter deem­ing it in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

Ker went on to say that Gou later told him dur­ing a so­cial meet­ing that Ko’s of­fice had called the busi­ness ty­coon in hopes of set­ting up a meet­ing. How­ever, as Gou is a self-pro­claimed sup­porter of the Liens and the Kuom­intang (KMT), Ker said that Gou had asked him to decline Ko’s in­vi­ta­tion on Gou’s be­half.

While re­lay­ing Gou’s re­sponse to Ko, Ker said that he had given the mayor an ex­am­ple of Gou’s loy­alty to the KMT by talk­ing about the busi­ness ty­coon’s NT$300 mil­lion do­na­tion to the Taipei Expo Park.

Ker also said that should the court sum­mons him as a wit­ness, he would pro­vide a truth­ful ac­count of the case.

Sean Lien’s Staff Speaks out

against Mayor

Yes­ter­day, Sean Lien’s ( ) spokesman Chien Chen-yu ( ) also came for­ward to mock and speak out against the mayor fol­low­ing Ko’s ap­pear­ance in court.

Chien para­phrased an oft­heard quote of Ko’s which ad­vises against ru­mors, stat­ing that it is very un­for­tu­nate that Ko started a ru­mor based on hearsay.

Chien said that Lien hopes that Ko will be more care­ful when speak­ing in the fu­ture, and that Lien has been and will con­tinue to de­clare all of his po­lit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions ac­cord­ing to reg­u­la­tions.

(Right) Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ), left, leaves the Taipei Dis­trict Court with lo­cal po­lit­i­cal pun­dit Clara Chou ( ), right, yes­ter­day. The mayor was sum­monsed by the court yes­ter­day as a wit­ness to a law­suit be­tween Hon Hai Chair­man Terry Gou ( ) and Chou.

CNA

(Above) Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party cau­cus whip Ker Chien-ming ( ) ad­dresses the me­dia dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan, yes­ter­day. Ac­cord­ing to Ker, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) gave an in­ac­cu­rate ac­count of a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the two dur­ing the mayor’s court ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day.

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