TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In the probe of alleged graft and bribery of former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), the Special Investigation Division (SID) is set to add indictments to Chen and his wife Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) today over graft charges.
Prosecutors allege that the former first family extorted former Chinatrust Financial Holding vice chairman Jeffrey Koo Jr. (辜仲諒) seven times for a total of NT$290 million. However, today’s indictment will not likely to include the part of a sum of NT$570 million stashed in Cathay United Bank by the former first family, according to reports of a Chinese-language newspaper, indicating a third wave of indictment in the future.
The postponement of indictment is related to prosecutors’ disagreement on legal opinions, the United Evening News reported. As Taipei District Court schedules Chen’s detention court on Thursday, prosecutors realized their promise to make the indictment before the end of “cross-examination of witnesses” for the judges to determine whether to release Chen.
It is reported that former Taipei 101 Chairwoman Diana Chen (陳敏薰) will not be indicted. Chen allegedly gave a check of NT$10 million to ex-president in the name of political donation, and Wu then cashed the check to wire the money in the overseas account of her son Chen Chih-chung (陳致中). The former first family was suspected of taking bribery in exchange of important position because former Finance Ministry Lin Chuan (林全) admitted to prosecutors that Chen pressured him to make Diana Chen the head of Taipei 101.
Diana Chen escaped the indictment because prosecutors deemed the donation as “bribery without breach of duty”, which did not punish the giver.
The SID is slated to make public the further indictments to the former first family on Tuesday afternoon and refer the cases to Taipei District Court collegiate bench for trial.
by Taiwan News, Staff Writer