NPA chief denies role in prostitution scandal
By Yu-an Tu ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Police Agency Director-General Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞) clarified yesterday that he is not involved in the prostitution scandal reported by Next Magazine (壹周刊) on Wednesday.
October 18, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
According to Next Magazine, the Agency Against Corruption, soon after it was founded, discovered a prostitution scandal involving a senior government official while wiretapping for corruption cases.
The report did not specify the identity of the senior official, only revealing that he works for the intelligence agency and that he calls prostitutes as often as once every three days.
Since the article came out, there has been speculation about the identity of the senior official involved. Rumor has it that this senior official is Wang.
Wang clarified before an Internal Administration Committee meeting yesterday that he is not involved in the scandal in any way, while admitting that the article does indirectly point to him as a suspect. When asked whether he will consider suing the magazine, Wang said he will talk more about it later.
When Taiwan Solidarity Union (台聯) legislator Hwang Wen-ling (黃文玲) asked Wang during interpellation time at the Legislative Yuan whether he will be willing to step down if the report is true, Wang said yes.
Since last week, before the controversial report came out on Wednesday, there had been rumors about a prostitution scandal involving a senior official which government officials all denied and may have even tried to cover up.
When approached by reporters before the Internal Administration Committee was about to convene yesterday, Wang denied claims that he was involved in the scandal, and said that as the director-general of National Police Agency, he would never do anything illegal.
Wang said that what the magazine claimed has absolutely nothing to do with him, and if anyone wanted the truth about the scandal, they should ask the magazine.
Wang also addresses his colleagues at the National Police Agency, saying that as their Director-General he has never and will never do such a thing as suggested by Next Magazine, adding that he understands that as a senior official he needs to be a role model for the public.
If the Agency Against Corruption had any evidence regarding the scandal, they would definitely do what they had to do, even if the case involves a senior officer, Wang said.
When asked whether he is being wiretapped, Wang replied that not as far as he knows, though he does not mind being wiretapped, as it will provide evidence that he is not guilty of anything.