Tsai sued over NT$450 mil. in bribes

By Stephanie Chao ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Former Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Chiu Yi (邱毅) took allegations of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential hopeful Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) accepting bribes to court on Wednesday, taking the prime witness to the Taipei Prosecutors Office.

Prime witness Lin Hsiu-chuan (林秀娟) remained firm in her decision, saying she was “unafraid of the consequences because the money has definitely gone into Tsai Ing-wen’s pockets.” Apart from Tsai, DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and political pundit Clara Chou (周玉蔻) are also among those accused of slander. Lin, Chiu said, found out that Tsai had claimed she was “making false accusations,” while Chen had called Lin “delusional,” and Chou had named her “an insane person” on Wednesday, leading to Lin’s eventual decision to bring the charges.

“I am not afraid of challenging these people (Tsai, Chen and Chou),” Lin said. “I’m just a normal person. I have no background, I’m as normal as anyone would ever be.”

She also expressed sadness upon hearing claims made by Chen and Chou, stating that they were “slandering” her reputation.

Lin said that she was a “real woman, a real person,” someone who knew the truth, and was willing to bring it to light. “Even if they double the consequences,” referring to the DPP, Lin stated that she was not afraid.

Confronted with media questions on the allegations, Tsai, who was campaigning with legislative candidates in Taoyuan City, just smiled and left with DPP officials in response.

Earlier Wednesday, the DPP responded to the allegations by filing its own lawsuit, according to the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act, at the Taipei Prosecutors Office against Chiu and KMT lawmaker Alex Tsai (蔡正元), who both made the claims on Tuesday.

The DPP’s charges were made based on Chiu’s attempts to bar Tsai from being elected through means of spreading false information. Chiu accused Tsai of taking a bribe, totaling NT$450 million, from Huang Fang-yen (黃芳彥), former deputy superintendent of Shin Kong Memorial Wu Ho-Su Hospital, a fugitive wanted for his suspected role in a corruption case involving former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his family.

The Special Investigation Division (SID, 特偵組) under the Supreme Prosecutors Office stated a team is currently looking into the case.

According to Lin’s prosecution documents handed to the prosecutors office, she previously reported the allegations against Tsai on Oct. 7, 2015. While the SID had conducted investigations immediately on Nov. 25, while handing over disks with recordings reportedly of evidence showing Tsai accepting the Huang bribery, Lin discovered that many of the DPP officials were aware of many details of the report she made to the SID.

Lin claimed to local media that even Huang knew the investigation details, which resulted in her distress and led her to bring the claims to Chiu and the KMT’s Tsai to protect herself.