Oct 04, 2018 Business & Finance Comments Off on Taipei mayor takes legal action against U.S. author for defamation
Taipei, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) Thursday took legal action against a visiting American writer who claims Ko was involved in organ transplants in China.
Lin Kun-feng (???), spokesman for Ko's election campaign office, and a lawyer filed a defamation lawsuit at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office on behalf of Ko against Ethan Gutmann, an investigative writer who published the 2014 book "The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to its Dissident Problem."
Speaking at a press conference in Taipei Tuesday, Gutmann called Ko a "liar" and claimed the mayor acted as a broker for rich Taiwanese people seeking to receive organ transplants in China.
Gutmann also accused Ko of knowing that many of the organs were harvested from Falun Gong members and encouraging Chinese doctors to harvest live organs using the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) technique so as to help Taiwanese companies sell the equipment to China.
Ko decided to take legal action against Gutmann because the American author failed to issue an apology for his remarks as Ko requested late Tuesday.
Ko said Thursday that he did not understand why Gutmann had decided to act as a political pawn in the run up to Taiwan's local government elections on Nov. 24.
His actions could also seriously undermine the promotion of organ transplants and the development of critical care medicine, the mayor said.
Ko, a surgeon-turned politician, is seeking a second four-year term as Taipei mayor. He currently leads in the race, with the candidate of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Yao Wen-chih (???) trailing far behind in third place, according to multiple polls.
On Thursday, DPP Secretary-General Hung Yao-fu (???) denied allegations that the party is behind Gutmann's visit to Taiwan.
"The DPP is not involved in this matter and we will not tolerate groundless attacks against the party," he said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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