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KMT suspends indicted Keelung mayor for three months

The China Post news staff--The Kuomintang suspended Keelung Mayor Chang Tong-rong (張通榮) for three months yesterday, one day after Chang was indicted for obstruction of public duties and setting free a legally arrested person.

The KMT Party Disciplinary Committee meted out the punishment declaring Chang's actions had seriously damaged the party's image and reputation, the ruling party said in a statement. The punishment came after the Keelung mayor apologized for the damage he had done to the party and vowed to accept any disciplinary measures from the KMT.

Taking deep and long bows at an afternoon press conference, Chang also apologized for the wasting social resources and generating a “bad societal impression.”

He stressed that he did not commit any such crime, and that he had not had any intention of obstructing the official processes. He said it is not possible for him to obstruct such processes because he is a public servant.

Chang was accused of pressuring police officers to release a woman detained for allegedly assaulting a police officer as the officer was trying to administer a blood alcohol test.

Chang claimed yesterday that he was merely providing constituent services when he came over to the police station to ask for the woman's release. He stressed that the woman was not drunk at the time and he did not slam his fist on the desk at the police station to intimidate the officers handling her case.

“I personally do not do things that serious,” he said.

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Keelung Mayor Chang Tong-rong bows at a press conference in Keelung, yesterday. Chang apologized to the public for wasting public resources after an investigation into his alleged obstruction of public duties. He stressed, however, that he did not commit any such crime.

(CNA)

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