Tsai denies receiving any political donations from wanted fugitive


TAIPEI–Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) dismissed as “groundless” Tuesday an allegation that she has received political donations from a fugitive wanted for his suspected role in a corruption case involving former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his family.

“This is total nonsense,” Tsai told reporters during a campaign visit to Changhua County, Central Taiwan.

Earlier that day, former Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) said in a news conference that since 2010, Tsai and the DPP have accepted a total of NT$450 million (US$13.43 million) in political donations from Huang Fang-yen (黃芳彥), former deputy superintendent of Shin Kong Memorial Wu Ho-Su Hospital.

Chiu demanded that the Special Investigation Division (SID, 特偵組) under the Supreme Prosecutors Office look into the matter immediately.

The SID, however, said it had received similar information in October last year and determined following an investigation that it was not credible.

The DPP, meanwhile, said it will take legal action against Chiu for attempting to bar Tsai from being elected by spreading false information.

Huang, a former family doctor of former first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), traveled to the United States in 2008. He was first listed as a witness in investigations into a spate of corruption and money laundering cases involving Chen and his family.