Taipei Times: KMT politicians seek answers in Yang Hui-ju case

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday demanded that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explain whether Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) participated in an online posting that has been implicated in the suicide of a diplomat and was allegedly ordered by Yang Hui-ju (楊蕙如).

Led by KMT caucus whip William Tseng (曾銘宗), a group of KMT legislators and Taipei city councilors yesterday visited the ministry, demanding a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮).

The group was stopped by police stationed and a scuffle ensued. After trying in vain to enter the building for 90 minutes, the politicians left.

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office on Monday charged Yang and a man surnamed Tsai (蔡) — who shares an IP address with Yang — with insulting public official Su Chii-cherng (蘇啟誠), then director-general of the Osaka branch of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, in a posting on the Professional Technology Temple bulletin board.

The fabricated report said that the Chinese embassy in Tokyo sent buses to evacuate Chinese from Kansai International Airport after Typhoon Jebi forced the airport to close on Sept. 4 last year, leading some Internet users to criticize the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Japan, headed by Hsieh, for not offering Taiwanese similar assistance.

On Sept. 6, Tsai allegedly defended Hsieh in an online post and blamed the Osaka branch, headed by Su. The post called the Osaka branch officials “the remaining evil elements of the party-state.”

Su committed suicide at his residence eight days later.

Media reports speculated that his death might have be linked to work pressure caused by the criticism.

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