Taipei mayor, others accused of profiteering

Taipei mayor, others accused of profiteering
Taipei city Mayor Hau Lung-bin.

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Several civilians yesterday attempted to sue Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, accusing the mayor and three other politicians of profiting from the employment of two former lawmakers hired shortly before qualifying for a government retirement fund.

The civilian group which included secretary-general Johnny Huang of the Parents Society of Overseas Students and chairwoman Liu Ting-mei of the Compensation Recovery for Miscarriage of Justice Association went to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office yesterday afternoon to file for an official impeachment against Hau, Taipei City Government Department of Personnel Commissioner Han Yieng-chen Taiwan Provincial Government Governor Lin Junq-tzer and Personnel Office Commissioner Hsiao Huan-chiang.

The group accused all four politicians of profiting from the employment of former Government Information Office staffer Kuo Kuan-ying and former legislator Hsieh Chi-ta and the pension which comes from their retirement.

According to Huang, Hsieh's previous defence regarding her pension legitimacy is invalid. Hsieh had previously stated that as a former judge and legislator she possesses almost 20 years of public service experience and qualifications. However, Huang stated, her qualifications cannot be accounted for since her departure to mainland China.

Huang also stated that Kuo, who was dismissed for his insulting essay towards Taiwan, was hired by the Taiwan Provincial Government earlier this year. Kuo was qualified for a government pension following 15 days of service, after which he left the position.

The two politicians could have profited from receiving large pensions, stated Huang, which could be pursued legally. Huang went on to say that the four politicians involved in the employment of Hsieh and Kuo are equally responsible of profiting from the pensions.

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