Former women's league chair facing evidence-tampering probe

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Cecilia Koo (辜嚴倬雲), right, and daughter Koo Huai-ju (辜懷如)

Cecilia Koo (辜嚴倬雲), right, and daughter Koo Huai-ju (辜懷如)

Taipei, March 9 (CNA) The Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee on Friday submitted a case to prosecutors against former National Women's League (NWL) Chairwoman Cecilia Koo (辜嚴倬雲), her daughter and an assistant, accusing them of tampering with evidence in an investigation.

In a statement, the committee said its investigation, which involved interviews with NWL staff, found that Koo in May 2017 allegedly ordered all of the league's financial documents and donation records from before 2006 to be moved to a storage unit.

Later that year, Koo ordered an assistant, identified only by the surname Liu (劉), to move the 170 boxes of documents to another location and to shred them with the help of Koo's daughter Koo Huai-ju (辜懷如), the committee said.

With those actions, the Koos and Liu destroyed key evidence before the committee could access it as part of its probe into the league's alleged role as an affiliate of the opposition Kuomintang, which is under investigation over ill-gotten assets, according to the statement.

Shih Chin-fang (施錦芳), the committee's spokeswoman, said that tampering with evidence is a violation of both the Criminal Code and the recently passed Transitional Justice Act, which requires the preservation of such political documents.

Under the Transitional Justice Act, the three individuals could face a maximum prison sentence of five years if they are convicted of the alleged offense.

(By Elaine Hou and Kuan-lin Liu)

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