After June 1, Chen said he called Neih and told him that he wished Lin could “let go” of his businesses. Lin refused and instead gave him an ultimatum, Chen said.
Chen said he was “driven to rebellion by tyranny.”
Lin reportedly told Chen that he had the sole mandate to decide on the heads of CHC Resource Corp and Chung Yao Corp.
Asked to comment yesterday, Premier Sean Chen (陳冲) dismissed Lin’s claims. He said the government appointed executives to state-owned and state-controlled businesses in accordance with procedure, rather than based on a decision made by a single person.
Lin probably said so to bluff Chen Chi-hsiang into thinking that he had that kind of power, the premier said.
The case surfaced on Wednesday last week when Next Magazine reported that Lin accepted a bribe of NT$63 million in 2010 from Chen to help the company secure a slag treatment contract from CSC’s subsidiary.
It was reported that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) learned of the case on Tuesday last week before the magazine went to press.
Next Magazine reported yesterday that Ma failed to distance himself from the case at the very beginning because he believed Lin when he told him that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), who also hails from Greater Kaohsiung, had fabricated the story to tarnish the Ma administration.