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DPP claims Shih in bed with Chen Yu-hao

TOO COZY?Two DPP legislators accused their former DPP colleague of colluding with a corrupt businessman who fled to China after his embezzlement indictment

By Ko Shu-ling and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTERS

DPP Legislator Wang Shih-cheng displays two pictures of former DPP chairman Shih Ming-teh's luxury apartment complex at a press conference yesterday.

PHOTO: CHANG CHIA-MING, TAIPEI TIMES

Lawmakers from the ruling party yesterday said they had uncovered evidence that the leader of a campaign to oust the president was in the pocket of a corrupt businessman on the nation's list of 10 most-wanted fugitives.

However, two Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers made contradictory claims about the details of the allegations, and the water was further muddied when a lawyer for former DPP chairman Shih Ming-teh (施明德) apparently confirmed details, while denying the overall allegations.

DPP Legislator Wang Shih-cheng (王世堅) alleged yesterday that Shih was living in a large condominium given to him by fugitive tycoon Chen Yu-hao (陳由豪), and questioned the legitimacy of the fundraising campaign Shih initiated to oust President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

Chen Yu-hao fled to China in August 2002, after being indicted on charges stemming from alleged embezzlement of more than NT$60 billion (US$1.8 billion) from the Tuntex Group.

"Shih has admitted that he met with Chen Yu-hao before he launched the anti-Chen campaign," Wang said.

"Everybody knows why Shih initiated the campaign, but I don't want to dirty my own mouth saying it. As for the legitimacy of the campaign, it doesn't have any, because Shih accepted a condo from Chen Yu-hao," he said.

Wang called on Shih to stop serving as an attacker for Chen Yu-hao and a pawn for Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

Wang questioned why Shih was instigating infighting.

"Is a condo worth it, to do that?"

Showing two color photo copies of what Wang said was Shih's condominium in the "Yen Jiu Yuan" (研究苑) apartment complex on Tongshih Road in Nangang, Taipei City, Wang said that the NT$34 million apartment was about 170 pings, with a market value of NT$200,000 per ping.

The media swarmed over to the apartment, but quickly learned that Shih did not even live in the building complex.

When confronted by reporters, Wang refused to admit that he had been mistaken, saying only that he had deliberately showed the "wrong pictures" of Shih's apartment complex, claiming he wanted to "leave some leeway" for Shih.

But he stood by his claims that Chen Yu-hao had made a shady deal with Shih.

Meanwhile, DPP Legislator Lin Kuo-ching (林國慶) backed up the substance of Wang's allegations that Chen Yu-hao had dealings with Shih involving a condo, but said that Shih's condo was actually on the fourth floor of the "Lu Yeh Shan Po" (綠野山坡) apartment complex in Sijhih (汐止), Taipei County.

Lin produced documents that he said had been obtained from a land registration office which showed that the condo was registered under Shih's name, but that the land the complex was built on was registered under Chen Hu Ya-hsiang (陳胡雅香). Lin claimed that Chen Hu was the wife of Chen Yu-hao's brother.

"Who would be so stupid to buy only the building, but not the building and the land?" Lin asked.

"I highly suspect that Shih struck a secret deal with Chen Yu-hao so he would acquire the land from him," Lin said.

He said he suspected that Shih had evaded taxes by failing to include the condo in his income declaration for 2001, and called on Shih to pay the overdue tax.

Lin urged Shih to explain how he obtained the condo.

A lawyer for Shih confirmed that his client owned the condo specified by Lin, but denied that there had been any shady dealings involving Chen Yu-hao.

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