Kuomintang files counter-appeal against Wang's injunction
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang's (KMT) legal representatives yesterday filed a counter-appeal against the Taipei District Court's approval of Legislative Speak Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) injunction.
September 17, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Wang's attorney filed an injunction on Sept. 11, following the KMT's decision to revoke the speaker's party membership over the recent “lobbying scandal.”
On Sept. 13, the Taipei District Court approved the injunction, meaning that Wang is able to retain his membership within the ruling party for the time being, before the court verifies the validity of his membership status.
The court explained that if it had not approved Wang's injunction, he would have been in immediate danger of irreparable damages, considering that there is considerable controversy surrounding the KMT's actions.
In response to the turn of events, political commentators said that the court approval also helped Wang retain his positions as legislator-at-large and speaker of the Legislative Yuan for the time being.
According to the Central News Agency, however, judges said that the question of whether Wang remains a lawmaker and speaker of the Legislative Yuan does not fall within the boundary of the injunction request.
Citing their reasons for the counter-appeal, the KMT's legal representatives said that the court does not have jurisdiction over a party's internal affairs, and that Wang's legislative status was written off when the papers documenting his membership revocation arrived at the Legislature; therefore, an injunction wasn't necessary in the first place.
Since Wang was no longer a legislator, an injunction does not help him retain his position within the Legislature, KMT attorney Chen Ming (陳明) explained.
Chen said that if the High Court rejects the counter-appeal, the KMT can bring the case before the Supreme Court.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, right, is followed by journalists inside the Legislative Yuan yesterday morning. Thank to a Taipei District Court injunction against the ...
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