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Yu Chang Case: KMT Calls on Tsai Not to Divert Public Attention


Yu Chang Case: KMT Calls on Tsai Not to Divert Public Attention

Source: All Taipei newspapers
August 21, 2012

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) under the Prosecutor-General’s Office recently closed its investigation into the Yu Chang Biologics Co. (宇昌生技股份有限公司) case. Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), a former chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), filed criminal charges yesterday, through her attorney, against former Premier and current Vice President Wu Deng-yih (吳敦義) for violating the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act, accusing him of trying to “cause her to lose the election” by smearing her reputation. Tsai was accused last December of illicit transactions related to the funding of Yu Chang Biologics Co.
In response, Lin Join-sane (林中森), secretary-general of the Kuomintang (KMT), said that the principals involved in the case had clarified themselves, adding that the KMT had also expressed respect for the prosecutors’ decision not to indict Tsai. Lin called on Tsai not to divert public attention, and asked her to explain why she had not recused herself due to conflicts of interest. Tsai should take moral responsibility for her behavior, the secretary-general stated.      
As Vice President Wu is currently paying a diplomatic visit to Belize, Wu’s office, on his behalf, issued a statement last night indicating that when Wu had served as Premier last year, Christina Liu (劉憶如), then chairwoman of the Council for Economic Planning and Development, had proposed to declassify the dossiers related to the Yu Chang case, which was previously classified as “confidential” by Mei-yueh Ho (何美玥) when she was Minister of State without Portfolio in the DPP administration. The statement said that Wu had later agreed to declassify and make public the dossiers related to the case in accordance with a Legislative Yuan resolution and that everything had been handled on the basis of due process.
In response to Tsai’s decision to take legal action, Wu’s office quoted the opinion of his attorney, saying that Wu would respect Tsai’s legal rights to file an action, but he could not make any comments for the time being because he had not seen the contents of the brief that Tsai had submitted.

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