Ex-Vice President Lu sues Lien for treason

Former Vice President Annette Lu (Image courtesy of CNA)
Former Vice President Annette Lu (Image courtesy of CNA)

by Matthew Strong

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Vice President Annette Lu went to the Supreme Prosecutors Office Friday to sue ex-Vice President Lien Chan for treason over his presence at China’s military parade.

Lien returned to Taiwan late Thursday after having attended the parade marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Japan despite warnings from President Ma Ying-jeou and other Taiwanese officials and politicians not to do so.

Lien betrayed his country and his people, so everybody should start legal action against him, and he and his wife, Lien Fang Yu, should be barred from leaving the country, Lu said.

She accused the other former vice president of having damaged Taiwan’s sovereignty and respect by watching a parade showing the soldiers and weapons threatening his own country. He also played along with the Chinese version of history, Lu said, adding he should be facing the legal repercussions of his acts.

Ma and other Kuomintang leaders have slammed China for claiming that the Communist Party was the leading resistance force in the 1937-1945 war against Japan, rather than the KMT-led government troops of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.

Even though Lien profited from the benefits of Taiwan, such as a state pension for his long career in government, he had not given his country any regard, Lu said.

She called on all candidates in the January 16 presidential and legislative elections to make clear their stance on the issue and to review the National Security Act and make the penalties for treason heavier once they were elected. The former vice president also called on all citizens, no matter their political background, to visit the judicial authorities and ask for legal action against Lien.

He still serves as honorary chairman of the KMT, whose chairman, Eric Liluan Chu, said Friday he could face a review by the party’s Evaluation and Discipline Committee.

Lien was vice president from 1996 until 2000, while Lu served in the same position, but for the Democratic Progressive Party, from 2000 to 2008.

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