Wed, Apr 03, 2002 - Page 3 News List

PFP casts doubt on Lee's relatives

By Lin Mei-chun  /  STAFF REPORTER

TSU lawmakers yesterday take part in a press conference in response to PFP lawmakers' questions over large sums of money wired in 1997 to accounts belonging to former president Lee Teng-hui's relatives. The TSU members said the PFP's accusation was insane and that the money was absolutely unrelated to the NSB's secret accounts.

PHOTO: CHIANG YING-YING, TAIPEI TIMES N

PFP lawmakers yesterday questioned the wiring of five disbursements of money in June 1997 to accounts belonging to relatives of former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), saying that the money in question may be related to secret funds from the National Security Bureau (NSB).

PFP lawmaker Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄) claimed that the five wirings of money -- with a combined value of NT$52 million -- from the Farmers' Bank of China (農民銀行) to the accounts of Anna Lee (李安娜), former president Lee Teng-hui's daughter, and Chang Kwei-fen (張桂芬), the sister of Lee's daughter-in-law Chang Yue-yun (張月雲), are extremely suspicious, because the bank is where part of the NSB's secret funds are deposited.

Liu made the charges based on a tip-off letter sent to him last Friday.

He said the letter pointed out that the transactions were dubious because they were made within the span of a single month and that the money was withdrawn from a bank where a portion of NSB funds was located.

"Responsible departments must launch an investigation into why the money was wired from the Farmers' Bank.

"Did the transaction have anything to do with the accounts of a certain bureau, [referring to the NSB]," he said.

Other PFP lawmakers said they suspected that the money was embezzled from the KMT or the Taiwan Research Institute, a think tank founded by the former president.

They requested Anna Lee and Chang Kwei-fen explain the origin and the purpose of the money.

No members of the Lee family made any comment yesterday, but TSU lawmakers, who view Lee as their guru, painted the accusations as "outrageous and immoral."

TSU lawmaker Lo Chih-ming (羅志明) said that the PFP was in violation of the law when it made public the transactions of private accounts and that it is preposterous to associate any capital flow in Lee's family with NSB funds.

"Aren't the relatives of the former president allowed to make investments, or engage in business dealings?" he said.

Anna Lee runs the Lincoln American School in Taichung. Chang Kwei-fen is in the automobile import business.

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