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Vice president sues Next over bribery report

TAIPEI--Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) filed a civil suit against Next magazine (壹周刊) yesterday over a report that linked him to a bribery case involving former Executive Yuan Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih (林益世).

Wu's lawyer, Fu Tsu-sheng, said the vice president decided to take legal action to protect his own reputation because the magazine has ignored his request to publish a clarification of the report.

Fu said he will advise Wu to withdraw the suit if the magazine eventually complies with the request.

Lin has been held incommunicado since July 2 after confessing to taking bribes from Chen Chi-hsiang (陳啟祥), the owner of Dih Yeon Industrial Co. (地勇公司), who allegedly had sought Lin's help in obtaining a contract from a China Steel Corp. (中鋼公司) subsidiary for steel slag treatment.

In the report published July 19, Next magazine said Wu Men-chung (吳明忠), a political supporter of the vice president, took NT$10 million from Chen in exchange for help in introducing Chen to Lin.

Also Friday, Presidential Office Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) filed a defamation suit against the magazine and media pundits Chen Tung-hao (陳東豪) and Huang Kuang-chin (黃光芹) for linking him to the Lin case.

Tseng said in a statement that the “groundless” and “irresponsible” claims had seriously damaged his reputation.

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