Fri, Jun 23, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: First lady to disclose jewelry

The Presidential Office yesterday said it would cooperate with the Control Yuan and include the first lady's jewelry in the first family's financial declaration as soon as the necessary documents have been gathered. "It was not the intention of the first family to omit the declaration of the first lady's jewelry but rather the negligence of their accountants," Presidential Office Spokesman David Lee (李南陽) said. Lee made the remark in response to the Control Yuan, which sent a letter to the office yesterday, asking for an explanation as to why President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) had failed to report first lady Wu Shu-jen's (吳淑珍) jewelry in his financial disclosure. Wu must declare all jewelry with a unit price exceeding NT$200,000. The Control Yuan said it decided to send out the letter after having waited two weeks for a response from the Presidential Office. Wu has 15 days to respond after receiving the letter. The clerks of the Control Yuan acted in response to a complaint filed by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers.

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