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Tsai sued over NT$450 mil. in bribes

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Chiu Yi (邱毅) took allegations of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential hopeful Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) accepting bribes to court on Wednesday, taking the prime witness to the Taipei Prosecutors Office.

Prime witness Lin Hsiu-chuan (林秀娟) remained firm in her decision, saying she was "unafraid of the consequences because the money has definitely gone into Tsai Ing-wen's pockets."

Apart from Tsai, DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and political pundit Clara Chou (周玉蔻) are also among those accused of slander.

Lin, Chiu said, found out that Tsai had claimed she was "making false accusations," while Chen had called Lin "delusional," and Chou had named her "an insane person" on Wednesday, leading to Lin's eventual decision to bring the charges.

"I am not afraid of challenging these people (Tsai, Chen and Chou)," Lin said. "I'm just a normal person. I have no background, I'm as normal as anyone would ever be."

She also expressed sadness upon hearing claims made by Chen and Chou, stating that they were "slandering" her reputation.

Lin said that she was a "real woman, a real person," someone who knew the truth, and was willing to bring it to light. "Even if they double the consequences," referring to the DPP, Lin stated that she was not afraid.

Confronted with media questions on the allegations, Tsai, who was campaigning with legislative candidates in Taoyuan City, just smiled and left with DPP officials in response.

Earlier Wednesday, the DPP responded to the allegations by filing its own lawsuit, according to the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act, at the Taipei Prosecutors Office against Chiu and KMT lawmaker Alex Tsai (蔡正元), who both made the claims on Tuesday.

The DPP's charges were made based on Chiu's attempts to bar Tsai from being elected through means of spreading false information.

Chiu accused Tsai of taking a bribe, totaling NT$450 million, from Huang Fang-yen (黃芳彥), former deputy superintendent of Shin Kong Memorial Wu Ho-Su Hospital, a fugitive wanted for his suspected role in a corruption case involving former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his family.

The Special Investigation Division (SID, 特偵組) under the Supreme Prosecutors Office stated a team is currently looking into the case.

According to Lin's prosecution documents handed to the prosecutors office, she previously reported the allegations against Tsai on Oct. 7, 2015. While the SID had conducted investigations immediately on Nov. 25, while handing over disks with recordings reportedly of evidence showing Tsai accepting the Huang bribery, Lin discovered that many of the DPP officials were aware of many details of the report she made to the SID.

Lin claimed to local media that even Huang knew the investigation details, which resulted in her distress and led her to bring the claims to Chiu and the KMT's Tsai to protect herself.

January 14, 2016    chiensheng.tsai@
Yes Tsai is smiling, and does not answer--she has so much to hide. The real estate deal and this. Too back this comes so late.

DPP corruption will be back in Taiwan if Tsai wins. Alas! Remember the Chen Shuai-bian years. Is that what the majority of the people want?

January 14, 2016    chiensheng.tsai@
Yes, Lin needs to protect herself.

She may not be able to prevent herself from mysteriously dying like the alleged DPP election assassin in 2004, but at least with public exposure, her death or demise, and/or that of her loved ones would be scrutinized.
January 14, 2016    chiensheng.tsai@
A bounty hunter can be hired in USA to flush and bag Huang, and then he can be brought back to Taiwan. In addition to this, Huang may be detained in USA for money laundering, immigration and tax evasion charges.

I am sure Huang would prefer jail in Taiwan than in USA where he would be beat up and raped by big bad convicts.
January 14, 2016    wayniedennis@
KMT your days are numbered. It's time for the Green party.
KMT are bunch of liars even elected they don't do their job all they do is make Taiwan worse. It's time for a change and Tsai ing wen will clean house and make Taiwan better.
January 15, 2016    chiensheng.tsai@
Tsai dismissed it as a fabrication, and election mud slinging. But since she has been sued, she will have to respond. If it is a fabrication, she can sue for slander, but what is she doing?

Just wants to push it past the election. If convicted, can she serve as president? Will we have a riot? All of a sudden due process is not appropriate.
January 23, 2016    clchang@
Now Tsai Ing-wen is a president-elect. It is extremely important to investigate whether this allegation is correct or not. If incorrect, this will demonstrate that Tsai is not a part of the corruptive team of Chen Shuei-bian and citizens will be more confident in Tsai' integrity, which is essential for any president in any nation. Also, it is equally important to bring back to Taiwan both Huang Fang-yen and the money he stole from our country for Chen Shuei-bian.
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