TAIPEI–The Control Yuan, the nation’s highest watchdog body, decided Tuesday to impeach a Taiwanese diplomat, citing “clear and gross” violations of the law in an overseas post and poor leadership.
The Control Yuan voted 8-5 in favor of impeachment in the case of Jacqueline Liu(劉姍姍), a Taiwan representative who was stationed at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City, U.S.
The decision will be referred to the Public Functionary Disciplinary Sanction Commission, which will decide on Liu’s punishment.
In its impeachment, the Control Yuan said Liu had violated U.S. law by overworking and underpaying two Filipino housekeepers, which resulted in her arrest and detention.
The case “seriously damaged Taiwan’s image and tainted Liu’s official’s status,” the Control Yuan said.
Liu was arrested in the U.S. on Nov. 10 last year by FBI agents on labor fraud charges. She later entered a plea bargain and was sentenced to time served since her arrest and ordered to pay US$80,044 in restitution to two Filipino housekeepers she had hired.