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Former first family doctor may be put on SIP wanted list

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The former first family’s physician Huang Fang-yen (黃芳彥) may be listed as a wanted man and named as a defendant in the money-laundering investigation in which the family is embroiled if he continues to ignore prosecutors’ summons, the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigation Panel (SIP) said yesterday.

The Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法) stipulates that prosecutors may arrest a person if he ignores three summonses. Prosecutors may also put the person on the wanted list if law enforcement personnel are unsure of his or her whereabouts.

The SIP said prosecutors have summoned Huang twice, first on Jan. 22 and again yesterday. Huang has ignored both requests to return for questioning.

“If [Huang] does not provide a good reason for his absence, prosecutors will do whatever we have to,” SIP spokesman Chen Yun-nan (陳雲南) said.

Huang is a key witness in the investigation against the first family, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors hope to question him about the source of more than NT$10 million (US$294,000) in cash that had been found at his home and office during raids on Dec. 16. They also want Huang to explain his relationship with local enterprises accused of bribing the former first family.

SIP prosecutors yesterday visited former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) at her home to clarify details regarding alleged payments to the former first family by local enterprises.

Yesterday’s visit was the fourth time Wu has been questioned at her residence.

The SIP had no comment on the details of their conversation with Wu.

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