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No official papers will be submitted for Wu's case

No official papers will be submitted for Wu's case

The Presidential Office yesterday declined to submit six classified documents subpoenaed by the Taipei District Court for the prosecution of the state affairs funds case, in which first lady Wu Shu-chen (吳淑珍) is indicted on charges of forgery and corruption.
In the December 22 court hearing for the state affairs fund case, Taipei District Prosecutors Office public prosecutor Chang Hsi-hai requested judges to secure evidence for the case and asked the bench, prosecutors, the defendants, and all defense lawyers in the court to proceed immediately to the Presidential Office to ask to see information related to the case.
The presiding judges denied the request, but they ruled that a letter be sent by the court immediately to the Presidential Office to request that the six documents classified as confidential related to the case be submitted by noon yesterday.
After having consulted with the Executive Yuan and legal and justice experts, the Presidential Office decided not to abide by the request. It replied by an official letter yesterday at noon to inform the court of its decision.
The Presidential Office's department of public affairs yesterday said the letter gave a precise explanation of its position but did not specify the details.
Explaining the state affairs funds case, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) stated on November 5 that "many details of secret diplomacy should under no circumstances be revealed, even forever. As the prosecutor has said, it 'should be buried together in tombs,'" for the sake of national interest, the protection of the related parties, or for not causing internal troubles or even political struggles in the countries with which Taiwan engaged in diplomatic missions.
He stressed such happenings were peculiar to Taiwan because of the incomparable diplomatic hardship that Taiwan had to deal with.
Chen was named along with his wife on the corruption charges, but was not indicted because of his constitutional immunity. According to the Constitution, the president is immune from criminal charges while in office.
Three of President Chen's former and current aides, including former Deputy Secretary-General to the President Ma Yung-cheng, were also indicted in the same case. The district court is scheduled to hold a third hearing on the case tomorrow.


Updated : 2020-12-02 09:07 GMT+08:00