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Prosecutors twice requested assets report on president

CNA , TAIPEI

The Taiwan High Prosecutors Office has twice asked the Control Yuan for asset reports filed by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), a Control Yuan official confirmed yesterday.

Hsieh Yu-nan (謝育男), director of the department in charge of asset reporting by high-ranking officials, said that the Control Yuan first received a request from the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on Aug. 4, asking it to provide all asset reports filed by the president dating back to the start of his first term in 2000, including two recent corrected versions on the assets of the first family.

The Taiwan High Prosecutors Office asked to review the president's supplementary report on the first lady Wu Shu-jen's (吳淑珍) 31 pieces of jewelry again on Monday, Hsieh said.

Asked about the reasons for reviewing the asset reports, Hsieh said that whenever law enforcement officials feel there is a need in their investigations, they will make such a request.

According to the Public Functionary Assets Disclosure Law (公職人員財產申報法), any piece of jewelry, including watches, worth more than NT$200,000 should be declared.

The first couple sent a corrected version of its jewelry assets to the Control Yuan early last month, listing 15 pieces of jewelry and luxury watches that they own, with a total value of NT$3.72 million (US$113,619).

Legislators from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and People First Party then produced photos of 31 pieces of jewelry worn by the first lady on various occasions and the Control Yuan asked for an explanation.

The first couple replied that they had acquiesced to the Control Yuan's request by filing reports on their jewelry, but had not reported on jewelry borrowed from relatives or friends.

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