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Lee may take the stand in Soong slush fund case


Taipei District prosecutor Hung Tai-wen (洪泰文) yesterday confirmed that he had met with People First Party (PFP) chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), to discuss allegations of his involvement in a slush fund scandal which was made public during the presidential elections.

News of the financial scandal broke out at the end of last year, when Soong, running for president on an independent ticket was a front-runner in the three-way campaign.

Soong was accused by the KMT of embezzlement, forgery, and tax evasion during the presidential election campaign. Some analysts have said the the accusations were the primary reason for Soong's defeat in the election.

According to Hung, Soong claimed during the investigation that he had never embezzled any money from the KMT and stressed that all financial dealings were done with the complete consent of President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝).

Local reports yesterday said that because of Lee's involvement in the case, he could be summoned to testify if the allegations against him were proved to be true.

Hung would not confirm that Lee would be called in for questioning about the case.

While agreeing to cooperate with the investigation Soong lashed out yesterday at the KMT, saying he is a victim of "white terror," or political persecution.

"I hope the government will give its people sufficient protection, and I also hope this is the last case of `white terror,'" Soong added.

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