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Taiwan Quick Take: Tseng investigation reopened

The Bureau of Investigation yesterday confirmed that it would reopen the investigation into the case of the former first lady Tseng Wen-hui (曾文惠), who was charged with fleeing Taiwan with suitcases stuffed with US$85 million in cash following the 2000 presidential election. Wu Li-chen (吳莉貞), the bureau's spokeswoman, said yesterday that the reinvestigation was because new evidence had come to light and had nothing to do with political pressure from the government. Wu said the bureau had summoned former legislator Elmer Feng (馮滬祥) and Hsieh Chi-ta (謝啟大) since proceedings began, and would also summon staff from the Customs and Aviation Police Bureau. Tseng was accused in 2000 by Feng and Hsieh. Tseng then filed a slander suit against Feng, Hsieh and Tai Chi (戴錡), a New Party member, on July 27, 2000. In 2002, the Taiwan High Court ruled against Feng, Hsieh, and Tai. Feng appealed to the Supreme Court. In 2004, the Supreme Court rejected the high court's verdict and requested a review of the case.

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