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Customs boss resigns over corruption investigation

By Amy Su  /  Staff Reporter

Minister of Finance Lee Sush-der (李述德) yesterday accepted the resignation of Wu Ai-kuo (吳愛國), head of the Directorate-General of Customs, over a corruption scandal involving one of his deputies and several other customs officials.

Wu also applied for early -retirement, which may take effect after the request is reviewed by the Cabinet and the Ministry of Civil Service, Deputy Minister of Finance Chang Sheng-ford (張盛和) said.

“He [Wu] felt guilty for failing to supervise the operations of customs, which indirectly resulted in his subordinates taking bribes,” Chang said.

Earlier this month, the ministry handed Wu a major demerit after several customs officials — including his deputy Lu Tsai-yih (呂財益) — were accused of taking bribes and were detained by prosecutors.

Lee yesterday assigned Deputy Minister of Finance Hwang Ding-fang (黃定方) to replace Wu as interim director-general.

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