KMT appeal against Wang's injunction rejected by court
CNATAIPEI--The Taiwan High Court rejected yesterday an appeal from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) over a lower court's ruling that allowed Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng to temporarily retain party membership.
October 1, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The ruling party can still make an appeal to the Supreme Court within 10 days.
The development means that Wang can stay in the KMT — and keep his party-appointed legislative seat — until a ruling is meted out in a separate case that will determine whether the party was within its rights to revoke his membership.
The High Court rejected the KMT's appeal on the grounds that Wang would suffer heavy losses if kicked out of the party now only for a ruling in a separate case to reinstate his membership later, while the KMT would not suffer any major damage if Wang stays in the party until that ruling is handed down.
Wang's membership was revoked Sept. 11 on allegations that he exercised undue influence to suppress a court case against an opposition lawmaker.
KMT to Seek Supreme Court Appeal
The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) said yesterday that it will appeal to the Supreme Court now that the High Court has rejected its petition against a district court ruling that allowed Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng to temporarily retain his party membership.
Yin Wei, deputy director of the KMT's Department of Culture and Communication Committee, said the party respects the Taiwan High Court's decision, but added that the party's lawyers will take the case to the Supreme Court in the coming few days.
Chen Ming, a KMT lawyer, said he will file a petition with the Supreme Court over the case within 10 days after receiving the High Court's formal verdict.