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DPP caucus whip makes DVD claim

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) told a press conference yesterday that he had spoken with Chang Wei-chin (張瑋津), the estranged wife of former ICRT DJ Charles Mack — better known by his nickname “Chocolate” — and Prosecutor Wu Wen-chung (吳文忠) about an alleged DVD recording of Chang’s husband and President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) having intimate relations before last year’s presidential election.

Ker said news of the alleged DVD first came to light before last year’s presidential election, but only Ma and Chang could prove its existence.

He said the prosecutor, Ma and Chang should explain the matter to the public.

When he talked to Chang and Wu Wen-chung about the allegations, Ker said Wu Wen-chung told him that “actually, there are prosecutors of the same inclination.”

Wu told him he had seen the DVD and that it was real, the legislator said.

Ker said Chang did not go public with the alleged recording, preventing former DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) from taking advantage of it during the campaign.

Ker said, however, that he hoped Ma, Chang and Wu would tell the truth about the matter.

Ker’s comments came a day after former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) alleged in court that Wu Wen-chung had prevented a scandal involving the alleged DVD.

Mack, who is a US citizen, was repatriated on Feb. 6, 2004, after law enforcement officers accused him of having intimate relations after being diagnosed with syphilis without telling his partners.

Mack was married to Chang, who said she was a friend of the former president and his wife, Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍).

Chen said Chang had a DVD of Mack and Ma having intimate relations and intended to use the DVD to ruin Ma’s presidential prospects last year.

Wu Wen-chung used his position as a prosecutor to stop her, Chen said.

Asked about the allegation by TV reporters yesterday, Chang said: “Go and ask Ma Ying-jeou, or ask [former Taipei deputy mayor] King Pu-tsung (金溥聰).”

She said that Mack was still her husband as she has yet to file divorce papers.

Meanwhile, several Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators yesterday criticized the former president.

KMT Legislator Chang Sho-wen (張碩文) accused Chen of fabricating the allegations, saying that the former president was jealous because “Ma is more popular and handsome” than Chen.

KMT Legislator Chen Chieh (陳杰) told reporters that Chen Shui-bian did not have the courage to shoulder responsibility for his own behavior.

Chen Chieh also expressed support for the Taipei Detention House’s decision to limit the former president’s exercise time and the number of visitors allowed to see him if he went on hunger strike again.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY FLORA WANG

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