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Taipei mayor, others accused of profiteering

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Several civilians yesterday attempted to sue Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), accusing the mayor and three other politicians of profiting from the employment of two former lawmakers hired shortly before qualifying for a government retirement fund.

The civilian group which included secretary-general Johnny Huang (黃育旗) of the Parents Society of Overseas Students (台灣小留學生家長協進會) and chairwoman Liu Ting-mei (劉丁妹) of the Compensation Recovery for Miscarriage of Justice Association (冤獄賠償金追討促進會) went to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office yesterday afternoon to file for an official impeachment against Hau, Taipei City Government Department of Personnel Commissioner Han Yieng-chen (韓英俊) Taiwan Provincial Government Governor Lin Junq-tzer (林政則) and Personnel Office Commissioner Hsiao Huan-chiang (蕭煥鏘).

The group accused all four politicians of profiting from the employment of former Government Information Office staffer Kuo Kuan-ying (郭冠英) and former legislator Hsieh Chi-ta (謝啟大) and the pension which comes from their retirement.

  According to Huang, Hsieh's previous defense regarding her pension legitimacy is invalid. Hsieh had previously stated that as a former judge and legislator she possesses almost 20 years of public service experience and qualifications. However, Huang stated, her qualifications cannot be accounted for since her departure to mainland China.

Huang also stated that Kuo, who was dismissed for his insulting essay towards Taiwan, was hired by the Taiwan Provincial Government earlier this year. Kuo was qualified for a government pension following 15 days of service, after which he left the position.

The two politicians could have profited from receiving large pensions, stated Huang, which could be pursued legally. Huang went on to say that the four politicians involved in the employment of Hsieh and Kuo are equally responsible of profiting from the pensions.

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