Taiwan premier praises government officials for resisting corruption

Three legislators ordered detained in Sogo scandal

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/08/04
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Premier Su Tseng-chang (center)  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Despite alleged attempts by several lawmakers to pressure government officials to give in and favor a particular business arrangement, they stood firm against corruption, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Tuesday (Aug. 4).

He was referring to an alleged bribery case which has rocked the Legislative Yuan. Three lawmakers, three legislative aides, and one businessman were ordered detained incommunicado Tuesday, while a former party leader and earlier a former foreign minister and another lawmakers were allowed out on bail.

The scandal, surrounding a power struggle for control of the Sogo department store chain in Taiwan, has affected politicians from at least three political parties, including the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), of which Su is a former chairman.

The premier expressed praise for government officials and for the DPP legislative caucus for having stood firm against pressure and attempts at bribery and said the government would fully cooperate with investigators, CNA reported.    [FULL  STORY]

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