Peng found guilty in 2nd trial, owes NT$1 mil­lion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

For­mer sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (

), King Pu-tsung ( ), won a law­suit in his sec­ond trial against writer Neil Peng ( ). The high court ruled Peng’s crit­i­cism had caused dam­age to King’s rep­u­ta­tion and ruled he must pay King NT$1 mil­lion as com­pen­sa­tion.

Peng re­sponded af­ter he re­ceived the court rul­ing yesterday, say­ing the ver­dict has an enor­mous im­pact on the free­dom of speech and the free­dom of the press in Tai­wan. He claimed he would ap­peal once more af­ter he re­ceives the ver­dict pa­pers.

In 2014, Peng wrote crit­i­cisms of King on his blog, ac­cus­ing him of hav­ing spe­cial re­la­tions with Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou. In a Face­book post, Peng also called King an idiot and a male pros­ti­tute, among other names. King filed a law­suit against Peng, de­mand­ing com­pen­sa­tion of NT$2 mil­lion. How­ever, King lost all tri­als against Peng that year.

In re­cent years, King has filed mul­ti­ple law­suits, but most re­sulted in de­feat. King turned the ta­bles yesterday, win­ning the civil law­suit on this par­tic­u­lar case the sec­ond time around. How­ever, the fi­nal ver­dict has not yet been ren­dered.

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