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DPP's Tsai accuses vice president of violating election law

2012/08/20 23:29:23

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) The Supreme Prosecutors Office said Monday investigators will look into presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen's allegations that Vice President Wu Den-yih deliberately attempted to prevent her from winning the January election.

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) filed a similar complaint with the Taipei District Prosecutors Office in late 2011, saying that Wu violated election laws by trying to smear Tsai's reputation related to her involvement in the TaiMed Biologics Inc. case.

In the first half of 2007, government officials, including Tsai, approved government investment in TaiMed when Tsai was still vice premier. The company was to cooperate with American pharmaceutical giant Genentech in developing an anti-AIDS drug.

Tsai then stepped down from her post and became the company's chairwoman four months later, which the Kuomintang (KMT) said violated revolving-door laws and constituted a conflict of interest.

Later, as the company's chairwoman, Tsai had her family invest in TaiMed to bridge a cash shortfall, and the KMT charged that Tsai and her family made an illicit gain of at least NT$10 million (US$338,000) when it sold the stake not long afterwards.

But prosecutors with the Special Investigation Division of the Supreme Prosecutors Office announced on Aug. 14 that they had closed the case after concluding that Tsai had not engaged in any illegal acts related to the TaiMed investment.

Tsai, who represented the DPP in the 2012 presidential election and lost to the KMT's Ma Ying-jeou by nearly 6 percentage points, submitted her complaint again Monday because she was dissatisfied that Taipei prosecutors closed the case in March without finding irregularities.

The Taipei Prosecutors Office said it will also launch another probe into the alleged forgery of documents by Christina Liu, who served as the head of the Council for Economic Planning and Development at the time of the election campaign.

Liu claimed to have documents that she said raised questions about Tsai's involvement in the investment project, but the documents she presented were apparently at odds with the actual documents used to present the project to officials and investors, sparking charges of forgery.

The DPP camp also accused Liu of intending to cause Tsai to lose the presidential race late last year, but the case was also closed earlier this year without any indictment being handed down.

Tsai applied for the decision to be reconsidered, but office spokesman Huang Mou-hsin said a decision on a closed case cannot be reconsidered. Instead, prosecutors will investigate the matter as a new case, Huang said.

Despite the closure of the TaiMed cases, Control Yuan member Yeh Yao-peng said that body will continue to probe whether the process to review the investment project was proper.

The Control Yuan is the government branch responsible for investigating and censuring irregular or illicit behavior by public servants and government agencies.

(By Liu Shih-yi, Sofia Yeh and Kendra Lin)