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Chiu Yi ignores calls for his resignation

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) ignored the calls of pan-green legislators to resign yesterday after his allegations of first lady Wu Shu-jen's (吳淑珍) involvement in the Sogo voucher scandal turned out to be false, instead accusing the prosecutor of incompetence.

Taipei prosecutors completed their investigation into the Sogo Department store case in which Wu was accused of receiving Sogo vouchers worth millions of NT dollars in exchange for facilitating the transfer of the store's ownership, clearing Wu in the process.

A group of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday demanded that Chiu, who said he would quit if Wu was found not guilty, to keep his promise.

"Everything is clear now. Chiu Yi said on June 16 that he would resign if his allegations were wrong. He should live up to that promise," the DPP's Tsai Chi-fang (蔡啟芳) said.

DPP lawmaker Wei Ming-ku (魏明谷) and Lu Tien-lin (盧天麟) asked KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and People First People Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) to apologize as the allegations were one of the reasons they had initiated the presidential recall drive.

But Chiu, who said he didn't trust the investigation results, yesterday filed a lawsuit against Tseng Yi-sheng (曾益盛), the prosecutor in charge of the case, accusing him of deliberately concealing evidence that proved Wu had made illegal gains in the case.

"I doubt that Tseng tried to pin any of the blame on Wu," Chiu said, adding that Tseng didn't explain who had used the majority of the Sogo vouchers, worth approximately NT$12 million.

According to the investigation results, Pacific Distribution Investment Co Chairman Lee Heng-lung (李恆隆) distributed Sogo vouchers worth NT$14.82 million to various figures during the ownership battle.

Prosecutors said that Wu indirectly received vouchers worth NT$277,000 from the first family's former doctor Huang Fang-yen (黃芳彥) and Huang received NT$2.19 million.

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