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Ma 'deeply regrets' decision to refer him for investigation

Ma 'deeply regrets' decision to refer him for investigation

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) "deeply regretted" accusations that he may have unlawfully profited a land development group in the Taipei Dome project, a Presidential Office spokesman said Friday. Charles Chen (???) said that in deciding to refer Ma to the Ministry of Justice for investigation, Taipei's Clean Government Committee falsely accused Ma of profiting Farglory Land Development Co. (??) during the process of negotiating terms of the stadium project. Chen cited Ma as stressing that during his term as Taipei mayor (1998-2006), he acted in accordance with the law and had the welfare of Taipei residents in his mind. Ma said he never profited any group and could "subject himself to the most rigorous scrutiny," the spokesman said. Chen said the development of the project was very clear and that then Mayor Ma did not have a secret meeting with Farglory Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (???) or clinch a secret deal with him. In fact, Chen said, Ma took the initiative to scrap the tender for the project after Farglory changed its subcontractors, but the Public Construction Commission under the Executive Yuan revoked Ma's decision to scrap the tender three times. Farglory also filed an injunction with the Administrative Court at the time to keep the city from opening a new tender for the project. "The process has fully demonstrated that Ma's city government did not collaborate with the Farglory Group," Chen said. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) said last week that the Dome project was "legal," and Yang Fang-ling (???) , head of the city's Department of Legal Affairs, also said Thursday that the "legal aspect of the contract itself has no problem," the spokesman said. As such, Chen questioned why the committee outside the system would insist on turning the case over to investigators, which he described as not only an "abuse of power" but deliberate "political persecution." Chen also said the committee had failed to consider problems of conflict of interest, giving rise to suspicions of a "politically oriented" attitude. One of the committee's members was a defense lawyer for former President Chen Shui-bian (???) and another was an assistant of Frank Hsieh, (???), a former premier under the previous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government. The DPP is the major rival of Ma's Kuomintang.
(By Kelven Huang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-16 23:53 GMT+08:00