Taiwanese prosecutors have indicted former president Lee Teng-hui, the state’s first democratically elected leader, on corruption charges.
Mr Lee is accused of embezzling $7.8m in government funds during his tenure as president in the 1990s, and faces possible life imprisonment if convicted. His top economic adviser, Liu Tai-ying, was also indicted.
Wellington Koo, a lawyer representing Mr Lee, said the former president insisted he was innocent and would fight the charges in court. “He has not pocketed a cent,” Mr Koo said.
Mr Liu and his lawyer could not be reached for comment.
润泰集团(Ruentex Group)总裁尹衍樑(Samuel Yin)也被检方认定为涉案，他被指帮助李登辉和刘泰英洗钱。记者未能联络到润泰集团请其置评。
Prosecutors also identified Samuel Yin, chairman of Ruentex Group, a conglomerate, as an accessory by allegedly helping Mr Lee and Mr Liu launder the money. Ruentex could not be reached for comment.
检方并未起诉尹衍樑。不过台湾最高法院检察署(Supreme Prosecutors Office)称，已将案件中涉及尹衍樑的部分移交给台北地检署，由其进一步调查。
Mr Yin was not charged. However, the Supreme Prosecutors Office said it had referred Mr Yin’s portion of the case to Taipei’s district prosecutor for further investigation.
According to the prosecutors, Mr Lee donated T$400m ($10.5m) to an unidentified country in May 1994. Taiwanese media say the country is South Africa.
由于外交部当时资金不足，台湾的国家安全会议(National Security Council)提供了一笔贷款。李登辉和刘泰英被控在外交部返还该款项时从中抽取了780万美元。
As the foreign ministry had insufficient funds for the donation, the national security council provided a loan. Mr Lee and Mr Liu are accused of siphoning off $7.8m after the foreign ministry repaid the funds.
检方称这笔资金通过润泰集团洗钱后，被用作建立台湾综合研究院(Taiwan Research Institute)。随后刘泰英曾担任院长，李登辉现在担任该院荣誉董事长。
That money – which was allegedly laundered through Ruentex – was used to establish the Taiwan Research Institute, which Mr Liu later headed. Mr Lee is currently the chairman.
Prosecutors said Mr Liu and Mr Lee benefited because the institute used the funds to buy luxury apartments for them, which were built by Ruentex. Mr Liu allegedly pocketed $440,000 of the funds.
2011-07-02 09:41 编辑：典典
A skydiving, mountain-climbing interpreter from Taiwan has scored herself a shot at what's been dubbed the "Best Job in the World" - getting paid to serve as the caretaker of a tro
In the wake of a typhoon that struck eastern Taiwan last week the nation has been transfixed by the fate of 21 tourists from mainland China who remain missing after their bus rolle