Taiwan's president investigated over donation

2014-12-25 13:10
Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou. (Mandy Cheng, AFP)

Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou. (Mandy Cheng, AFP)

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Taipei - Taiwan has opened an investigation into President Ma Ying-jeou over alleged illegal donations, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Last week, talk show host and politician Clara Chou accused Ma of receiving an off-the-books donation of $6.3m from a major corporation during an election campaign.

"We'd decided to probe the allegation about political donations because it has caused social turbulence," Kuo Wen-tong, spokesperson for the Supreme Prosecutors' Office Special Investigation Division, said by phone on Thursday.

Ma denies the accusation and "hopes the judicial investigation helps clarify facts," his spokeperson Ma Wei-kuo said.

Taiwan law limits corporate donations to $94 458.

Chou alleged Ma took the money from Ting Hsin International Group via an intermediary.

Ting Hsin is a major Taiwan-based food supplier, in particular of instant noodles, and dominates the Chinese market with its Master Kong brand.

Ma's ruling Chinese Nationalist Party suffered a landslide defeat in local elections in November, and his disapproval rating in December reached a record high of 76.2%, the Taiwan Brain Trust said Wednesday.

His policy of rapprochement with China has been blamed for his loss of popularity.

He was tried for corruption when mayor of Taipei in 2006 but found not guilty.

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