Hsinchu Mayor Gao Hongnan, a member of the People’s Party, was accused of fraudulently claiming support fees during his legislative tenure. Prosecutors recently charged him under the Corruption Offenses Act. The Kuomintang Central Committee held a meeting yesterday and decided to suspend Gao Hongnan’s party power. Until his innocence is confirmed, he will not be allowed to apply for restoration to party power. According to Article 6 of the People’s Party Integrity Code, as long as the court finds him guilty in the first instance, he should be expelled from the Party.
It is understood that after Gao Hongnan was prosecuted, members of the People’s Party Central Committee requested to launch an investigation and deal with it. After a meeting and discussion yesterday, the Central Committee of the People’s Party decided to suspend Gao Hongnan’s party power in accordance with the Party’s integrity standards until the decision is determined. Only if he is found not guilty can he apply to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China for the restoration of party power.
Furthermore, as per the Party’s Integrity Code, if the court finds the person guilty in the first instance, the person will be expelled from the Party and will not be allowed to return to the Party during the execution of his sentence. Because Gao Hongnan is now the mayor of Hsinchu and is not a district legislator for non-People’s Party members, even if Gao Hongnan is expelled from the party, it will not affect the powers of the mayor of Hsinchu.