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Ex-president's daughter remains barred from leaving country

Ex-president's daughter remains barred from leaving country

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Prosecutors on Tuesday decided to continue barring Chen Hsing-yu, the daughter of former President Chen Shui-bian, from leaving the country, because they said she gave false testimony. The ruling by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office was made after prosecutors reviewed all related documents and decided Chen Hsing-yu should be required to stay in Taiwan in order to ensure the smooth continuum of the investigation of alleged corruption by her parents as well as her own trial on perjury charges.
The Special Investigation Division under the Supreme Prosecutors Office decided in mid-May to list the former president’s daughter, son-in-law Chao Chien-ming and son Chen Chih-chung as defendants, after discovering that the three gave different accounts during questioning into alleged false reimbursement claims by the ex-president.
Chen Hsing-yu was prohibited from leaving the country after being questioned by prosecutors on June 22 in connection with alleged perjury, which has hampered her plan to study in the United States.
She had filed a petition of appeal to the prosecutors' office, calling for removal of the travel restriction by promising prosecutors that she would hand over her passport to Taiwan’s representative office in the U.S. upon arrival and would report to the representative office everyday, as well as return to Taiwan periodically.
Chen Hsing-yu also stated that she was willing to leave her three children in Taiwan to show that she has no intent of absconding from the country.
Asked to comment on her petition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said earlier Tuesday that its representative offices have no rights or the obligation to guard any citizen’s passport or travel documents, nor does it have the rights to require anyone to report to the office.
“I find this (her request) totally unbelievable, ”said MOFA spokesman Henry Chen.
(By Rachel Chan)




Updated : 2021-05-19 06:04 GMT+08:00