DPP expels Taipei city councilor over domestic violence scandal

Taipei-- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) decided Monday to expel Taipei City Councilor Tung Chung-yen (???), saying his involvement in a domestic violence scandal was damaging to the party.

The decision was reached in a unanimous vote by the DPP's Central Review Committee, based on an investigation conducted by the party's Taipei City Chapter, according to Chiu Yi-ying (???), chairwoman of the committee.

Tung has been expelled from the party and will not be allowed to rejoin any time within the next five years, Chiu said.

The scandal came to light last month when Tung's wife, Lee Hsiu-huan (???), told Next magazine that he had beaten her at least 50 times over the past six years and she produced photos that showed injuries she had sustained from the alleged beatings.

She highlighted one incident that she said had rendered her unconscious for three days and required 20 days of hospitalization. In another incident, Lee said in the magazine report, she sustained three broken ribs and was hospitalized for five days.

After the story broke, Tung denied the allegations but later said they were true and he offered to withdraw from the DPP.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel