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