Wed, Jul 12, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Wu gets visit from Chao as birthday present

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

First lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) celebrated turning 54 yesterday, despite the ongoing scandal that saw her son-in-law Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘) indicted for insider trading on Monday.

And Chao was on hand for Wu's celebrations, having been released late on Monday night -- after 47 days in detention -- on NT$10 million (US$310,000) bail.

He had been indicted earlier on Monday along with his father and three others. Prosecutors have recommended an eight-year sentence for Chao and a 10-year term for his father, plus a substantial fine for both Chaos.

Chao left his home on Minsheng E. Road at around 11am and drove to the presidential mansion, Yushan Residence, on Chongqing S. Road.

According to a newsclip broadcast on SETV, Chao said he wanted to wish Wu a happy birthday. Asked by reporters if he was bringing Wu any presents, he said no.

Chao's wife Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤) and their two sons have been staying at Yushan Residence since shortly after Chao was detained on May 25. Chen gave birth to the couple's third son on July 2.

Yesterday morning, Presidential Office Secretary-General Mark Chen (陳唐山) and Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) sent a pot of orchids to the residence for Wu, as did Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮). Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) sent a 30cm birthday cake.

The Presidential Office declined to comment on how Wu was celebrating her birthday, saying it was a personal matter.

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