The Kuomintang (KMT) and political pundit radio host Clara Chou yesterday filed simultaneous lawsuits against each other in a case revolving around Chou's recent claims that the party accepted campaign financing from Ting Hsin International Group.
A lawyer named Hung Wen-chun was hired by the KMT to file a lawsuit against Chou over the statements. The pundit recently stated that an important political figure had informed her that President Ma Ying-jeou's campaign staff accepted NT$200 million (S$8.35 million) in campaign funds from Ting Hsin.
Chou also reportedly accused KMT Deputy Secretary-General Lin Te-jui of serving as the protector of the infamous oil company.
Citing defamation, Hung filed a civil suit against the pundit, seeking NT$3 million in reparations on behalf of the KMT, and NT$2 million in reparations on behalf of Lin. Aside from the compensation, Hung's claim also requires Chou to make a public apology.
During a press interview, Hung said that the KMT has asked Chou multiple times to provide proof for her accusations.
The lawyer also said that the KMT implored Chou to step forward and provide a more detailed explanation in hopes of understanding the situation better, as well as conducting an inspection should it be proven necessary.
Hung also stated that he represents the KMT and Lin, and that President Ma is currently not filing suit against Chou.
Chou Files Suit against the KMT
Chou simultaneously filed a suit against the KMT yesterday, claiming that Vice President Wu Den-yih, who also serves as the KMT's current acting chairman, persuaded his fellow party members to openly make threatening statements toward her.
The pundit said that the KMT has issued press releases and filed lawsuits to keep her from revealing the name of her source of the allegations.
Such threats are violations of her right of freedom of speech, said Chou, which is why she is filing a lawsuit against Wu over the alleged threats.
Prior to filing her suit, Chou published an open letter to Ma on her Facebook page. In it, Chou says she still believes in the president's character, and that she does not doubt the integrity of National Security Council chief King Pu-tsung.
Chou further implored Ma to speak to former China Development Industrial Bank (CDIB) President Benny Hu.
When asked whether Hu is the alleged whistleblower, Chou merely stated she is involved in a delicate situation right now, and she would only explain the situation to Ma should the president summon her.
Hu was also questioned by local media following Chou's post, with his secretary declining to comment.