The first lady was cleared of any wrongdoing yesterday in connection to one of the scandals that have dogged the president and his family.
Taipei prosecutors yesterday completed their investigation into the Sogo voucher scandal and indicted six suspects, including Far Eastern Group chairman Douglas Hsu (
"Prosecutors determined that Pacific Distribution Investment Co chairman Lee Heng-lung (李恆隆) distributed a number of Pacific Sogo Department Store vouchers worth approximately NT$14,820,000 [US$447,320] to various figures, and the first family indirectly received vouchers worth NT$277,000, but that there is no evidence to indicate that Wu received vouchers in return for acting on behalf of certain businessmen who sought to win ownership of Sogo," Taipei District Prosecutors' Office spokesman Lin Jinn-tsun (林錦村) said at a press conference yesterday.
Lin Jinn-tsun said that Wu had received her vouchers from the first family's former doctor, Huang Fang-yen (
In addition, Lin Jinn-tsun said that because Wu is not a government official, she cannot be prosecuted under the corruption law in the Criminal Code.
The prosecutor added that a couple of the accused had indicated that Wu was not involved in the Sogo ownership battle.
Meanwhile, former chief of Waterland Financial Holding Co Walter Lin (
Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of three years and six months for Walter Lin, and two years and six months for Hsu.
Lin Jinn-tsun said the six were indicted because Hsu, with the help of Walter Lin, Lee and others, forged documents pertaining to his bid for the ownership of Sogo.
Hsu acquired ownership of Sogo in 2004.
Huang -- and through him, Wu -- came under suspicion of meddling in the Sogo ownership battle because he had dinner with the head of My Humble House Group Tsai Chen-yang (
In February 2003, Huang dined with Hsu, Lee and Walter Lin.
Lin Jinn-tsun said Huang was not indicted because there was no evidence to indicate that he had been involved in the Sogo ownership battle.
Hsu expressed surprise at his indictment at a press conference last night.
"I was very shocked and I want to protest against the indictment," Hsu said. "I believe justice will prevail and my innocence will be proved."
Hsu also stressed that the day-to-day operations of Far Eastern Group (
Meanwhile, the Presidential Office said that it respected the result of the judicial inquiry into the voucher scandal.
"We're happy that the investigation is over because it has helped to clear up the matter," Presidential Office Cho Deputy Secretary-General Jung-tai (卓榮泰) said. "We respect the judicial process and its findings."