There is no ban on the freedom of movement for Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤), the daughter of detained former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), because she was not involved in any of the Chen family cases, the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office’s Special Investigation Panel (SIP) said yesterday.
SIP Spokesman Chen Yun-nan (陳雲南) made the remarks following Chen Hsing-yu’s departure for the US on Saturday night.
Chen Hsing-yu, a dentist, left for New York from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. A mother of three small children, Chen Hsing-yu was traveling alone, carrying one trunk and one suitcase. She brushed off journalists’ questions about the purpose of her trip.
After being pressed by reporters upon her arrival at Newark International Airport, Chen Hsing-yu said she was in the US to take part in a dental aptitude test.
Chen Yun-nan yesterday said that he, State Public Prosecutor-General Chen Tsung-ming (陳聰明) and the Ministry of Justice were informed of Chen-Hsing-yu’s departure by the National Immigration Agency on Saturday at around 6pm.
Chen Hsing-yu’s husband, Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘), is on trial for insider trading, while her parents, younger brother and sister-in-law have been indicted on charges of corruption and money laundering in another case. The spokesman said prosecutors found she was unrelated to the allegations against her family members, so it was unnecessary to prohibit her from leaving the country.
However, Chen Hsing-yu’s trip to the US prompted speculation among members of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) that she might have left for New York to take care of her family’s overseas assets.
“She could have publicized her own schedule if she didn’t go to New York] to handle her family’s wealth,” said Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾), KMT caucus deputy secretary-general.
KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) urged prosecutors to summon Chen Hsing-yu for questioning after she returns.
Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called for the public not to speculate on the matter groundlessly.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY FLORA WANG AND CNA