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Former Taiwan DPP leaders defend usage of funds

Former Taiwan DPP leaders defend usage of funds

Ex-Vice President Annette Lu and other former top government officials defended their innocence yesterday at the opening of their trials for the alleged misuse of special allowances.
Speaking to reporters outside the Taipei District Court, Lu said she had received NT$150,000 from then-President Chen Shui-bian each month, but had always followed the regulations in reporting their use.
Lu said the charges that the use of the allowances amounted to the embezzlement of NT$5 million "ludicrous." Her case has been affected by the decision by President Ma Ying-jeou last year to end the confidential status of some of the documents involved in the use of the special allowances.
Lu criticized Ma's turnabout yesterday, saying a president could not just reverse the decisions of his predecessor without causing chaos and constitutional disputes.
Former Presidential Office secretary-general Mark Chen Tan-son also visited the court yesterday, saying he had no idea how to draw the special allowances.
During the afternoon, former Premier Yu Shyi-kun and former Interior Minister Lee Yi-yang testified. A long row of former officials in the Democratic Progressive Party administration of ex-President Chen have been charged with misuse of the allowances, but none from previous Kuomintang governments.


Updated : 2021-10-20 17:30 GMT+08:00