In 2014, Tainan City Councilman Li Chuan-chiao was accused of bribery when running for Council Speaker, and his election was later ruled ineffective by a civil court in January this year, which Li appealed. Yesterday the Tainan High Court issued a verdict on the case's second trial. The first ruling is upheld.
In 2014 Li Chuan-chiao was elected the speaker of Tainan City Council, however he was alleged with bribery. Tainan Prosecutors Office and election opponent Wang Chun-tan filed a civil litigation. The verdict in the first trial was given against Li, and Li made an appeal. On August 30, the court confirmed his conviction in the second trial.
==SHEN YANG-REN, Tainan Branch Court Spokesman==
Whether Li Chuan-chiao authorized or consented, Li shall be held responsible for the above mentioned actions of his own campaign staff. The court affirmed bribery and therefore invalided the election result.
Li Chuan-chiao lost his seats as city councilman and city council speaker. Tainan Mayor William Lai did not attend city council session for 234 days in protest to the Speaker's bribery case. Mayor Lai praises the success on ending money politics.
==WILLIAM LAI, Tainan Mayor==
Anyone who uses any inappropriate means to achieve his goal, he shall suffer his own consequence. This case is a bad example to democracy. I hope this case in the future will become a warning to any politician.
Li Chuan-chiao's seat in Tainan City Council will be replaced by Wang Chun-tan from the same electoral district. The city council will soon hold a by-election for council speaker seat, the open vote is more favorable to DPP, the majority in the council.
TRANSLATED BY：ANTHONY LIN
記者 李淑蘭 孟昭權 溫正衡 台南報導