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History destroyed by paper shredders

By Chin Heng-wei 金恒煒

What the public would like to know, then, is whether the whole chaotic process that the league has gone through over all these months is the result of interventions by “higher authorities.”

It is notable that the league signed the MOU, which would lead to its loss of rights and dissolution, with the Ministry of the Interior, which negotiated with the league, while bypassing the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee.

The signing of the memorandum was touted as an exemplary model of transitional justice, but now it looks rather like a fraud.

Long before the memorandum’s signing, Cecilia Koo asked her two daughters, Koo Huai-ju (辜懷如) and Vivien Koo (辜懷群), to collect her personal belongings from the league’s headquarters and to reportedly deliver 170 boxes of financial records to a staff member, surnamed Liu (劉), in Koo Huai-ju’s company. Within two weeks of this, three paper shredders were used to destroy the boxes’ contents.

It is worth asking why Cecilia Koo, in her latest statement, would rather dissolve the league, as the evidence has been cleaned up and the memorandum stipulates that, upon signing a formal administrative contract, the league “would no longer face investigations or punitive measures by the ministry or the committee.”

It is just as incomprehensible to the public as it is to Lei.

Although the truth has yet to emerge about what the Koo family might have concocted, the public does know that the committee took over the issue from the ministry after the league rejected the MOU.

The committee has since summoned Koo Huai-ju for further questioning, launched a probe into the Koo family’s possible illegal encroachments and alleged destruction of documents, and referred the case to prosecutors.

Cecilia Koo, who fled Taiwan on Feb. 13, might have been pressured into making such a “suicidal” announcement, given the predicament that she found herself in. Not long ago, Koo was reluctant to donate 80 percent of the league’s assets to the government, but now she wants to donate it all, as if she no longer feels pressured by “higher authorities” or needs evidence to prove her innocence.

Cecilia Koo’s ruse appears suicidal — dissolving the league, in any case — to protect her two daughters from being investigated and to put an end to tracking down the documents.

However, questions remain, as she could have secured the 170 boxes of financial documents by agreeing to sign the administrative contract with the government, instead of tearing up the agreement and forcing the committee to probe further.

The real issue behind the National Women’s League case is not the money that it received over the years, but the historical truth hidden within the 170 boxes of documents: Cecilia Koo has really destroyed the history of the party-state.

One cannot help but wonder who will now be able to restore justice for all Taiwanese, and who can provide a truthful account of history.

Chin Heng-wei is a political commentator.

Translated by Chang Ho-ming

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