Taiwan President Pledges to Install New Anti-Corruption Watchdog
By Aruna Viswanatha | July 20, 2022 2:09 pm

Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, pledged on Tuesday to install a new anti-corruption watchdog in his government, the Associated Press reported.

The move comes after several high profile bribery scandals in that country, including one that put a former president and his wife behind bars and led the  U.S. Justice Department to try to confiscate the couple’s Manhattan condo and suburban Virginia home last week.

The former president, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-Jen, were convicted in Taiwan in 2009 and sentenced to 20 years in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for turning a blind eye on certain deals.

In a separate scandal, three High Court judges and a prosecutor were taken into custody last week for allegedly accepting bribes from a former lawmaker in exchange for a not guilty verdict, according to the AP.

“I have the utmost determination to build a clean government,” Ma said at a press conference where he detailed the new commission, to be housed in the justice ministry. “We will not allow a handful of corrupted officials to humiliate all civil servants and damage the government’s image.”

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