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Chen Shui-bian lied about Lien Chan-endorsed check

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Lien Sheng-wen, Easy-Card Corporation chairman, blasted former President Chen Shui-bian yesterday for lying about a personal check he said was endorsed by Lien Chan, honorary chairman of the Kuomintang.

In Kaohsiung on September 27, Chen said he had a check in the amount of NT$100 million, which Lien Sheng-wen’s father endorsed, and asked for a police investigation to find out the truth behind what he suggested as an illegal political contribution.

“The former president is bullying us like a hoodlum,” the younger Lien charged.

Police seized the check at Chen’s office on August 16. At that time, Chen said the check was sent to him by “a man man.”

That’s why Chen did not cash it.

The check was forged.

“All he (Chen) did was to slander us,” Lien Sheng-wen said. “And that’s not the first time he lied to slander us,” he pointed out.

He said he could not understand why “some people” would believe Chen’s lies. “As a matter of fact,” he added, “my father has never written a check for decades.”

The former president is rallying support from among his followers in southern Taiwan in defense against charges of corruption and money laundering.

Initial investigations show Chen and his wife are involved in the laundering of at least NT$1 billion while he was in office.

Special Counsel prosecutors questioned Mrs. Chen’s former classmate Tsai Mei-li in the afternoon. Tsai’s two brothers were also subpoenaed as witnesses.

Prosecutors requested approval from the Taipei district court to detain one of Tsai’s brothers, Ming-cheh, for further questioning as a defendant. He was charged with helping the former president and Mrs. Chen launder the money.

The court has to hear the request before the detention can be granted.

Three more material witnesses were also interviewed.

Tsai Mei-li and her other brother were released after questioning.

Mrs. Chen is standing trial for corruption, charged with borrowing receipts and invoices from friends and relatives to claim a NT$14.8 million reimbursement from a public fund under her husband’s control for the conduct of “affairs of state.”

Her husband was not indicted together with her since he was immune to criminal prosecution while he was president, but was regarded as an unindicted co-defendant who would be formally charged on leaving office. He stepped down as president on May 20.

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