The Taiwan President’s General Secretary resigns amid bribery associated with the family

The General Secretary of the President, Su Jiaquan, resigned on August 2, as his nephew, Su Cheng-Jing, a lawmaker of the democratic progressive Party (DPP), faces corruption charges, Taiwan News reports.

In a statement posted via Facebook on Sunday, Su announced that he would step down from his current post, effective immediately, in order to “no longer cause trouble for President Tsai [Yin-Wen]” and to allow the probes into Su Chen-ching as well as five other incumbent and former legislators to be carried out smoothly.

The presidential administration later confirmed Su’s departure, citing personal reasons. President Tsai respected and approved Su’s resignation, the presidential office said, adding that his position will be temporarily held by Deputy Secretary General Jason Liu.

Su Cheng-Jing and five other politicians have been accused of taking bribes from Lee Hyun-long, the former Chairman of Pacific distribution, which was formerly the parent company of Pacific Sogo Department store, and is said to be Lee’s ultimate goal to Regain ownership of the Department store chain. The suspects, who have been charged with corruption, including accepting bribes from tens of millions of new Zealanders, were held incommunicado for fear of escaping, destroying evidence and conspiring with accomplices.

In addition to the bribery scandal involving his nephew, Su was also accused of improperly using his former position – as a lawmaker – for personal gain several years ago. Since then, he has denied any wrongdoing, calling the charges blackmail and slander.

Su said that having worked in politics for more than three decades, he prides himself on his integrity. “My wife and I have never been investigated or prosecuted for acts of corruption,” he said, stressing that he would protect his reputation with his life.

Early reported that Former Chief of China Development Bankappears in court on charges of bribery of $12 million. Hu, 64, was taken under investigation by the Communist party’s anti-bribery Agency in July 2019. He allegedly helped two former high-ranking conglomerates-CEFC China Energy Co. Ltd. and HNA Group Co. Ltd. – get billions of dollars.