Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and former Presidential Office secretary-general Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) were found not guilty by the Taipei District Court yesterday of using fraudulent receipts to claim state affairs funds during their stint in the Presidential Office.
The Taipei District Court said that given their positions in the government, Lu and Yu were busy with public affairs and left using receipts to claim fund reimbursements to their aides.
No evidence had been provided that showed Lu and Yu knew about reimbursements from the fund, the court said.
Meanwhile, in a separate case in which Lu, Yu and former minister of foreign affairs Mark Chen (陳唐山) were charged with using fraudulent receipts to claim special allowance funds, the court yesterday also found them not guilty.
The district court said that because the legislature last year approved a law under which officials cannot be prosecuted for suspicious reimbursements from special allowance funds that took place before Dec. 31, 2006, the charges against the three had been dropped.
However, the court did find four of Lu’s aides and two of Yu’s aides guilty of forgery. The six were granted probation.