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Wu gives document to the SIP

NOT A PLEA BARGAIN Prosecutors denied that the document the former first lady had handed in was related in any way to a plea bargain or an admission of guilt

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Special Investigation Panel (SIP) Spokesman Chen Yun-nan (陳雲南), of the Supreme Prosecutors Office, confirmed yesterday that former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) submitted a document to prosecutors last week but denied the document was related to a plea bargain.

“She presented us with facts pertinent to our investigation,” Chen said. “She was not admitting to any crimes in return for a potentially shorter sentence.”

Citing a gag order, Chen declined to elaborate on the contents of the document.

“I cannot tell you what the document was related to. But I assure you that the former first lady was not admitting to anything,” Chen said.

Wu is scheduled for a two-day pre-trial hearing today and tomorrow.

The SIP indicted Wu and her husband, former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), on Dec. 12 on charges of money laundering, corruption and forgery. They stand accused of embezzling NT$104 million (US$3 million) from a special presidential fund.

They are also accused of accepting NT$100 million in bribes and US$6 million in connection with a land procurement deal, as well as US$2.73 million in kickbacks to help a contractor win the tender for a government construction project.

The wheelchair-bound Wu was originally indicted on Nov. 3, 2006, for using other people’s receipts to claim NT$14.8 million in reimbursements from the president’s “special state affairs” fund between 2002 and 2006, but has missed many hearings in the case because of poor health.

Physicians and nurses from National Taiwan University Hospital will be standing by to attend to her during the hearings today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Chen Shui-bian will face another forgery lawsuit in addition to his other charges after the Central Election Commission (CEC) yesterday filed a suit against him at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office. Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office Spokesman Lin Chin-chun (林錦村) confirmed that the CEC had brought the lawsuit and that prosecutors would begin investigating the case shortly.

Lin said that the CEC had filed the suit against the former president because it had discovered that Chen Shui-bian did not honestly report his election funds during the 2004 presidential election.

The false information Chen filed to the CEC caused the commission to release inaccurate background information on candidates.

Lin, however, would not comment on the case in addition to confirming it.

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