KMT responds to lawsuit from secretary-general to president

KMT officials headed to the court today to counter Su's claims of defamation. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Three Kuomintang (KMT,國民黨) officials visited the Taipei District Prosecutors Office on Wednesday to give their side of the story regarding an alleged trip made by Taiwan officials in 2017.

The KMT members, Wang Yu-min (王育敏), Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) and Yu Shu-hui (游淑慧), were responding to a civil lawsuit filed by Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), secretary-general to the president, against them about Su and his nephew Legislator Su Chen-ching (蘇震清) alleged trip overseas.

Speaking at a press conference, Wang said that the official telegram was confirmed by the press as authentic. The only mistake on the telegram is the date. Lo believes that if the telegram is authentic, Su Jia-chyuan should be suing MOFA because all the details the KMT revealed are within that telegram, which has since been de-classified.

According to the telegram, the younger Su visited Indonesia in August 2017 along with high-level managers of several government-owned enterprises. They allegedly met with influential Indonesian government officials, without prior notifications to MOFA and the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, 經濟部) in Taiwan.

On Tuesday, MOFA refused to confirm the telegram’s authenticity, saying that they never authenticate telegrams. MOFA added that national documents should not be used for political disputes. The ministry stressed that even with political pressure, they will refrain from releasing further information.

On the same day, Su Jia-chyuan said that he had hired a lawyer to sue the KMT officials who made these “false claims.” His lawyer, Fang Yen-huei (房彥輝), arrived in court on Tuesday to file the civil lawsuit.

Fang also showed Su Jia-chyuan’s travel record which revealed that he had not traveled to Indonesia.