Focus Taiwan: Han sues NPP lawmaker over influence peddling allegations

Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) on Monday filed a lawsuit against New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) after the latter accused him of influence peddling to help a company owned by Han’s father-in-law in southern Yunlin County 20 years ago when he was a lawmaker.

Han’s lawyer Yeh Ching-yuan (葉慶元) said the accusations raised by Huang are baseless and false, repeated for the sole purpose of defaming the KMT presidential candidate.

Yeh filed a suit against Huang on Han’s behalf at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office, accusing Huang of violating Article 104 of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act.

The article stipulates that those who spread rumors for the purpose of helping or hindering the election of a candidate are subject to a maximum five-year prison term

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