Two DPP lawmakers yesterday urged judicial authorities not to spare any former KMT government officials, including former president Lee Teng-hui (
DPP Legislator Yeh Yi-jin (
They said that more top-ranking government officials must have played a part in the purchase of six Lafayette-class frigates in the early 1990s in light of the huge kickbacks involved.
Politicians of all stripes have argued over whether PFP Chairman James Soong (
"While many have disputed how best to translate Dumas' allegations, let's not forget he did mention that huge kickbacks went to Taiwan's ruling party at that time," Yeh said. "A scandal of such a magnitude could not have been handled by any single person."
Yeh and Chiu said that Lee and two former premiers -- Lee Huan (
Their comments were the first time that DPP politicians have openly linked Lee, a key ally of President Chen Shui-bian (
They said that as the then-president, commander of armed forces and KMT chairman, Lee should give an account of his role in the deal.