Ko threat­ened with law­suit by ex-mayor For­mer Mayor Hau pon­ders suit against Ko over cor­rup­tion cases

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

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.

CNA

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.”

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