President has no choice but to sue Chou: spokeswoman

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Taipei, Dec. 25 (CAN) President Ma Ying-jeou has no option but to bring a lawsuit against radio host Clara Chou in order to protect the integrity of the head of the state and to stop the rampant practice of prominent figures making ungrounded accusations, the Presidential Office said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Ma Wei-kuo said Chou has repeatedly accused President Ma of accepting political donations from the Ting Hsin Group and protecting the disgraced conglomerate.

Ting Hsin has been at the center of a food scare in Taiwan that involved substandard cooking oil products.

The spokeswoman said the president has great respect for freedom of expression, but Chou has seriously attacked his reputation by spreading false rumors about him, despite his repeated denials of such accusations.

President Ma, therefore, has no choice but to sue Chou in an effort to debunk the rumors and clear his image in court, the spokeswoman said.

She said the president had consistently said that law enforcement officials should handle the Ting Hsing case in accordance with the law and without fear or favor.

Noting that the Special Investigation Division under the Supreme Prosecutors Office is looking into Chou's allegations, the spokeswoman said President Ma welcomes that development and hopes that, like the lawsuit against Chou, it will reveal the truth.

(By Kelven Huang and Maubo Chang)

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