Ko threatened with lawsuit by ex-mayor Former Mayor Hau ponders suit against Ko over corruption cases
Former Taipei Mayor Hau Lungbin ( ) yesterday met with his lawyers, reportedly to draft a lawsuit against his successor, incumbent Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) due to what he sees as the “bias” of the Ko administration’s investigations into the five major corruption and malpractice cases in the city.
Late Wednesday, following the publication of Taipei City’s Clean Government Committee’s (CGC,
) investigation report and recommendation on the MeHas City ( ) development project, the Songshan Cultural Park ( ), the Gate of Taipei construction project ( ), the Syntrend Creative Park (
) and the Taipei Dome, Hau criticized the incumbent mayor and his administration on his Facebook page for bias and malfeasance during the investigations.
Hau wrote that he agrees in principle with the sentiments behind the administration’s investigation. The administration had stated that investigations would abide by the principles of “law over persons, justice over hearsay and wisdom over power” in the future.
However, the former mayor said that Ko has failed to practice what he preaches, demonstrated by his “constant display of bias” and his “public use of threatening language.”
Hau also said that Ko has “double standards,” citing Ko’s criticism of a lack of transparency in the five construction projects while holding private meetings with other company owners. The measurement of social justice is not determined by the opinion of Ko alone, Hau went on to say.
The former mayor also claimed he had observed “big talk” from the new administration since it came into office, but criticizes city hall under Mayor Ko for laying the blame for any problems with Hau’s administration. He opined that the CGC investigation was carried out with the results predetermined and scripted by the Ko administration.
As such, the former mayor’s aides said yesterday that Hau is considering a lawsuit against Ko, claiming to have evidence that reveals prejudice in the investigations.
Ko Responds to Claims the Cases had More 'Bark than Bite'
During a public event yesterday, Ko responded to the criticisms leveled by the former mayor, as well as claims that the investigations into the five major corruption cases had “more bark than bite.”
Ko said that the investigations did indeed have a very loud bark, but whether an equally strong bite toward the accused cases will result will have to be determined by the courts.
In response to the former mayor’s accusation of prejudice and malfeasance, Ko said that he is a very conservative person when judging others. The mayor advised Hau to retain a peaceful mindset when criticized by others.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) speaks to local press at an event, yesterday. During the event, Ko responded to criticism from the former mayor, as well as claims that the investigations into five major corruption cases had “more bark than bite.”