Hon Hai spokesman Simon Hsing talks to reporters at Taiwan Shilin District Court. (Photo/Chen Chen-tang)
Hon Hai Precision Industry sued a Chinese-language local daily Friday for publishing an "unbalanced report" that linked two failed bombing attempts last week to the main suspect's animosity toward Hon Hai Group chairman Terry Gou.
Hon Hai spokesman Simon Hsing filed the lawsuit on behalf of the company with the Taiwan Shilin District Court, saying that the KMT-leaning United Daily News was the only media outlet in Taiwan to run the story without verifying with the company and without offering a balanced report.
In reponse, the daily's editorial department issued a press statement in which it apologized for causing a misunderstanding and said that it regrets Hon Hai's decision to sue.
Local media reported early this week that Hu Tsung-hsien, one of the two suspects in the bombing cases, harbored grievances against Gou after losing a lawsuit against the tycoon.
The reports speculated that Hu might have planted bombs outside ruling Kuomintang legislator Lu Chia-chen's office in New Taipei on April 12, in anticipation of an event related to Gou's later that day.
Hsing responded by saying that "none of the reports are true," adding that Gou has never been involved in litigation with Hu in either a personal or corporate capacity.
Hu and Chu Ya-tung, his suspected accomplice, are accused of allegedly planting explosives on a moving High-Speed Rail train bound for Taipei and outside Lu's office in New Taipei on April 12. The two fled to China but were quickly apprehended and brought back to Taiwan, where they have since been held incommunicado.
Hon Hai is the world's leading contract manufacturer of consumer electronics, better known by its trading name Foxconn.