The Tainan branch of the Taiwan High Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that invalidated Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chiao's (???) election as a council member in late December 2014.
The Tainan District Court on Jan. 21, 2016 found Lee guilty of buying votes in 2014 to gain election as a city councilor, but he appealed the ruling in the Taiwan High Court's Tainan branch.
The January ruling was upheld by the High Court, which said Lee will be stripped of his position as city councilor and speaker because there was no further room for appeal of the case.
In the district court, Lee was also found guilty on April 22 of vote-buying in the speakership election and sentenced him to a four-year prison term and a five-year deprivation of civic rights.
Lee has been suspended from the speakership of the municipal council since April 22, in accordance to the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act.
Lee and seven other defendants, including independent city councilor Kuo Hsiu-chu (???), were indicted on April 2 last year on charges of offering cash bribes to several independent and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councilors, via six middlemen, to vote for Lee as the city council speaker in the election on Dec. 25, 2014.
Source: Focus Taiwan