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Anti-corruption agency begins probe into ex-minister's accusation

2014/07/30 16:12:05

Taipei, July 30 (CNA) The Agency Against Corruption under the Executive Yuan kicked off an investigation Wednesday into allegations made by former Labor Minister Pan Shih-wei that some high-ranking officials used government budget without following goverment rules.

Pan was summoned earlier in the day as a witness, agency officials said.

According to the agency, Pan was asked to provide evidence to allegations he made on his Facebook page that some "senior-level public servants" who he claimed have been colluding with one another to manipulate budget to facilitate their own use.

In a Facebook post, Pan alleged that it was these people, whose attempts to misuse public fund he had frustrated, that successfully took their revenge by forcing him to quit.

Pan tendered his resignation July 24 amid rumors that he had an inappropriate relationship with his secretary. Premier Jiang Yi-huah accepted the resignation later that day.

The investigation was launched upon Jiang's instructions. A spokesman for the Executive Yuan said the previous day that the premier "attaches considerable importance" to Pan's allegations about possible irregularities by government officials and will "never condone anyone if the allegations turn out to be true."

Pan, 59, served as head of the Council of Labor Affairs since Sept. 28, 2012 and as minister of labor since Feb. 17 this year.

(By Tsai Pei-chi and Elizabeth Hsu)