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DPP questions Wu’s role in scandal

CONNECTIONS:A report alleges that the vice president and his wife knew Chen Chi-hsiang and might have been involved in Lin Yi-shih’s alleged bribery case

By Chris Wang, Mo Yan-chih, Lin Chun-hung and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

The vice president’s remarks were interrupted by two DPP Keelung councilors, who raised placards that read: “Show up, Mr X” and chanted slogans.

Appearing displeased, Wu asked the two councilors to “find your so-called Mr X because he is not here,” denying he was the “Mr X” who a political commentator had said was behind the bribery case.

Political commentator Hu Chung-hsin (胡忠信) said on a political talk show on Monday night that a high-ranking government official was also involved in the corruption scandal, claiming that “Mr X” introduced Chen Chi-hsiang to Lin.

The latest Next Magazine report alleged that Wu and his wife had lived in the same community as Chen Chi-hsiang’s father-in-law in Nantou, and that Chen Chi-hsiang went to Wu for help two years ago when he was serving as premier.

The story said Lin bragged about his close relations with Wu and told Chen Chi-hsiang that he “handled all of Wu’s works” when asking for bribes.

The approval of the appointment of Tsou in 2010 by Wu, who was premier at the time, created more opportunities for legislators to lobby, as Tsou set up a legislature coordination department to strengthen the company’s communication with the legislature, the story said.

Wu said that since 2007, Executive Yuan regulations had stipulated that all personnel appointments at state-run corporations should be reviewed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and approved by the Executive Yuan, and his approval of the CSC chairman’s appointment was made in accordance with standard procedures.

“Every personnel appointment at state-run enterprises was made in accordance with the law, and I did not interfere with any of the personnel arrangements,” he said.

The allegations against Wu have caused a stir in the Presidential Office, and Wu and his office started to gather evidence to refute the accusations when they learned about the news on Monday.

Wu said he had clarified the situation with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Tuesday, and the president understood that the allegations were baseless.

He also urged the magazine to stop making “groundless accusations” and threatened to file a lawsuit against the magazine if it failed to clarify the matter.

The SID said that even though the allegations that Wu had good relations with Lin were true, that was not evidence that Wu had at any time violated the law.

As such, there was no need for the SID to investigate Wu for the time being, it said.

The SID summoned Lin and his wife, Peng Ai-chia (彭愛佳), for questioning again yesterday to cross-examine the couple because of contradictions in their earlier statements relating to the source of money prosecutors removed from their safe deposit boxes.

Accompanied by her attorney, Peng walked into the SID’s office at about 9am and declined to give any information related to the case.

Lin, who is being held at the Taipei Detention Center, arrived about an hour later.

Inconsistent statements by Lin, Peng and Lin’s mother, Shen Juo-lan (沈若蘭), have led prosecutors to believe that Lin is seeking to cover up the identities of other people who may have been involved in the scandal and other sources of his ill-gotten money.

Sources said Lin had alleged that the NT$63 million was paid in both New Taiwan dollars and US dollars, part of which he had given to his mother, while saying that Peng did not handle the money.

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