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Taiwan tycoon Terry Gou denies gifts to former First Lady

Taiwan tycoon Terry Gou denies gifts to former First Lady

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Hon Hai Precision Industries chairman Terry Gou, one of the country’s wealthiest businessmen, denied Wednesday he had ever donated money to former First Lady Wu Shu-jen.
Gou’s name featured on a list of 20 prominent businessmen Wu handed to prosecutors last month in the investigation into corruption and money laundering by her family. The entrepreneur had given NT$30 million and diamonds to Wu, according to media reports.
“I have never in my life met Wu Shu-jen,” Gou told reporters as he left the prosecutors’ offices. He said he had told the investigators all he knew about the case.
Prosecutors have been interviewing several business leaders featured on the list over the past week. Several of them told reporters the allegations were completely false.
Wednesday morning, Jih Sun Financial Holdings chairman Chen Kuo-ho acknowledged his wife had donated NT$20 million of her own money to Wu, media reports said, though the businessman did not speak to reporters.
Prosecutors have been investigating allegations that major financial groups made illegal payments to the former First Family in return for the go-ahead for takeovers and mergers under the previous administration’s financial reform program.
Wu’s husband, former President Chen Shui-bian, appeared at the Taipei District Court for the latest in a series of pre-trial sessions Wednesday. He has been in custody as a suspect since December 30.
During the hearing, Chen and his attorneys presented a list of 34 defendants, witnesses and other people he wanted to be confronted with during the trial, reports said. The list includes his own son, Chen Chih-chung, who has also been indicted for money laundering, prominent businessmen and former top government leaders including ex-President Lee Teng-hui and former Vice President Lien Chan, media reports said.
The indicted ex-president has fiercely defended his innocence, accusing the judiciary of waging a politically motivated campaign against him.


Updated : 2021-06-25 03:42 GMT+08:00