台湾前总统承认他将竞选经费汇到海外 Taiwan's Ex-President Admits he Wired Campaign Funds Overseas

15 August, 2008

台湾前总统陈水扁承认在担任总统期间未能完全如实申报财产,并将剩余的竞选经费汇到海外。

陈水扁星期五在一份声明中承认,他犯下严重的错误,对民进党造成无法挽回的伤害。他说,他已经退出民进党并向台湾人民道歉。

在陈水扁发表声明的前一天,台湾对陈水扁卷入洗钱活动的指称展开新的调查。不过,陈水扁否认这一指控。

星期四,台湾的一名立法委员透露,陈水扁的儿子和儿媳去年把大约3千万美元转移到他们的瑞士银行帐户。瑞士的检察机关已要求台湾协助对这笔资金进行调查。

Taiwan's former President Chen Shui-bian has admitted he failed to fully declare his assets while in office and that leftover funds from his election campaigns were wired overseas.

In a statement today (Friday), Mr. Chen acknowledged that he committed serious mistakes and caused irreparable damage to his Democratic Progressive Party. He said he has quit the party and apologized to the people of Taiwan.

His statement comes a day after Taiwan launched a new probe into allegations that he was involved in money laundering, charges the former president denies.

On Thursday, a Taiwan lawmaker revealed that Mr. Chen's son and daughter-in-law had transferred about 30 million dollars to their Swiss bank accounts last year. Swiss prosecutors have requested Taiwan's assistance in investigating the funds.