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Taiwan prosecutors to follow up on report of missing classified files

Prosecutors will look into the allegations in a recent news report that former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) removed more than 400 confidential national security documents from government files, a senior prosecutor said yesterday.
Prosecutor Chen Yun-nan, director of the Special Investigation Division under the Supreme Prosecutors Office, said the division will seek the assistance of leading national security agencies to investigate the allegations.
"The division will not exclude the possibility of assigning the matter to a prosecutor to initiate a probe if the report is found to be true," Chen said.
Chen made the remarks in response to reporters' questions on the Special Investigation Division's reaction to a China Times report yesterday that former President Chen Shui-bian had spirited away 449 pieces of documents classified as "confidential" under the category of "national security" while he was in office.
The report stated that of the total number of confidential documents that the National Security Bureau (國安局) had submitted for Chen's review during his presidency, 449 had not been returned.
The former president and his family have been embroiled in a string of corruption allegations, including money-laundering via overseas bank accounts.