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Former Tuntex head says the DPP set him up

DONATION SCANDAL Chen Yu-hao accused Chen Shui-bian and his wife of lying about the money he donated to the Democratic Progressive Party

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former Tuntex Group chairman Chen Yu-hao (陳由豪) yesterday accused President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his wife, Wu Shu-chen (吳淑珍), of lying.

"Ever since I made public my donations to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), they [DPP officials] have been challenging my statements. They claim they only received NT$10 million from me," Chen Yu-hao said at a media conference in Los Angeles yesterday.

He said that he was set up by the government, and added that he has filed suits of slander and human rights violations against the president in a California court, although the court has no jurisdiction in Taiwan.

"Since my donation was legal, it is not a question of black gold but of credibility. I want everybody to know who is really lying," Chen Yu-hao said at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Hollywood, California.

Last week, Chen Yu-hao said that he would commit suicide by jumping out of a skyscraper if anybody can prove that he had never visited the president with political donations. Wu replied by saying: "If he wants to jump and commit suicide, that is his free will and I will not get involved in that."

Quoting this remark, Chen Yu-hao said yesterday that Wu was lying.

"I visited them [the president and the first lady] twice at their residence when he was running for Taipei City mayor in 1994," he said.

"I handed them two checks, each for NT$300,000, made out in the name of Tungyun and Tungchan, which were subsidiary companies of mine. Chen Shui-bian gave me a receipt on Jan. 7, 1995. That is no lie," Chen Yu-hao said.

He added that he has two witnesses that could prove his allegation. "One is DPP Legislator Shen Fu-hsiung (沈富雄), the other is my driver."

Chen Yu-hao identified his driver only by his surname, Huang. When reporters asked him to further identify the driver, he said he could not due to security reasons.

Shen could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Chen Yu-hao said that he had passed a polygraph test conducted by a private firm "authorized by the US government" last Friday, and backed this up by showing a video of the test at yesterday's news conference.

"That means I never lied," Chen Yu-hao said.

He claims he donated at least NT$20.3 million to the DPP, but the party maintains it was only NT$10 million.

"That is another malicious lie," he said. "And I have no idea where the rest of the money went. It has been been pocketed by somebody."

Chen Yu-hao and his wife, Lin Fu-mei (林富美), are being sought by the Taipei District Court for failing to turn up at a trial in which they stand accused of embezzlement. The couple, who left the country in 1996, are accused of using NT$800 million from Tuntex subsidiary Tunghua Development for personal investments.

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