Tue, Jul 07, 2009 - Page 3 News List

Wu questioned on ‘false testimony’ ploy

By Shelley Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

District prosecutors yesterday questioned former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) on whether she instructed her children to give false testimony.

They also questioned the former chairperson of the Taipei Financial Center Co, Diana Chen (陳敏薰), on similar allegations.

Yesterday was a busy day for the former first lady, as she was first questioned by prosecutors, then scheduled to appear at the Taipei District Court for the review of evidence in a related trial.

As usual, she waved off reporters’ questions on the High Speed Rail, which has been her preferred mode of transportation to get from Kaohsiung — where she now lives — to Taipei for the trial.

Media reported that Wu told prosecutors she had instructed her daughter, Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤), her son, Chen Chih-chung (陳致中), and her son-in-law, Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘), to give false testimony regarding the presidential “state affairs fund” and the family’s alleged money laundering activities.

Prosecutors yesterday declined to comment on the reports.

Diana Chen, on the other hand, denied intentionally giving false testimony, maintaining her argument that she had been too nervous during questioning and that her comments had been misinterpreted.

Diana Chen, Chen Hsing-yu, Chen Chih-chung and Chao were listed as defendants on June 3. Aside from Diana Chen, all have admitted to giving false testimony regarding former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) alleged money laundering and embezzlement.

Chen Hsing-yu was barred from leaving the country on June 23.

Prosecutors said that as a result of the former first family’s cooperation with the investigation, they expected to conclude the investigation by the end of this month.

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