Fri, Dec 26, 2008 - Page 1 News List

Diane Lee gives up authority, salary

PROTESTING INNOCENCE Lee said the US State Department must finish a review, but a US official was quoted as saying the department considered the case closed

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

He said the legislature would determine whether Lee should retain her seat “in an open and fair manner.”

But he also criticized the DPP, saying that it had failed to deal with former Taiwan Solidarity Union legislator George Liu (劉寬平), who said he had applied to renounce his US citizenship late last year, although his term ended last January.

“Given [the mistake about] Kung’s [citizenship], it is possible that the probe may have failed to identify some legislators with dual citizenship,” Lin said.

Lin said two DPP legislators are dual nationals, but declined to name them.

KMT caucus deputy secretary-general Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) said the KMT should decide as soon as possible how to deal with Lee, while KMT Legislator Shyu Jong-shyoung (徐中雄) said the legislature must pass a resolution to deal with Lee’s case.

“Though painful, this must be done,” Shyu said.

Wang said the US must clearly say whether Lee’s taking an oath in Taiwan as a public servant had revoked her US citizenship: “It was the US, not us, that provided an ambiguous [answer].”


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