By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Academia Sinica confirmed reports Friday that its beleaguered president, Wong Chi-huey, would stay away on leave until April 14.
Legislators and prosecutors want to question him about his alleged involvement in the trading of stocks in OBI Pharma, Inc. following accusations of insider trading, tax evasion and conflict of interest.
The top academic had been scheduled to face a legislative committee on Thursday, but the previous day he called President Ma Ying-jeou from the United States to tender his resignation. It was later reported that he had been hospitalized and was unable to travel long distances.
Wong’s resignation offer, which was turned down by Ma, touched off an uproar, with accusations that he was purposefully trying to avoid questioning about the shares by relying on his US citizenship.
As a result of the ruckus, Wong wrote a letter to Academia staff in Taipei promising them he would return and clarify the situation. [FULL STORY]