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Ma accepts convicted adviser’s resignation

Staff Writer, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday approved the resignation of Fan Chen-chung (范振宗), one of his advisers, the Presidential Office said.

Fan, who was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail earlier in the day by the Hsinchu District Court on charges of ­corruption dating to his tenure as Hsinchu councilor between 1989 and 1997, offered to resign as an adviser to the president last Friday, Presidential spokesman Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) said.

Fan was convicted of offering illegal profits to businessmen by allowing them to use a marketplace for other commercial uses.

Fan, formerly a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was appointed by former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) as Council of Agriculture minister in 2000. He quit the DPP last year.

Fan denied the charges and said he would appeal his conviction.

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