Prosecutors intend to question Chen once again, report claims

Prosecutors are expected to again interview embattled Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) over alleged misuse of public funds, a report said yesterday. The United Daily News quoted prosecutor Chen Rei-jen as saying he would question the president but the date and location were yet to be decided.
More than 100 people so far have been quizzed over allegedly providing Chen with receipts for reimbursement of funds intended for state affairs, the paper also cited unidentified sources as saying.
Some of those questioned said they knew the receipts were used to declare the funds while others said they were unsure why Chen's office had possession of receipts in their name, the newspaper reported.
Reports in the Taiwanese media have alleged that prosecutors found only half of the funds for which Chen's office had declared receipts and suspected that some of the money might have been used illegally.
The amount of money allegedly misused has not been officially disclosed.
Chen was first questioned on August 7 and has denied any wrongdoing.
The allegations have increased pressure on Chen whose leadership is already under a cloud over claims against members of his family.