Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-10-27 04:46 PM
Lee Ying-yuan said that he has asked prosecutors to interview relevant personnel and have them testify in court as soon as possible in order to prevent evidence from being destroyed and ensure that those involved in the case do not have time to coordinate their testimonies.
Lee produced information and documents Saturday which showed Lien Hui-hsin, the daughter of former KMT chairman Lien Chan, is the president of Geneherbs Biotechnology as well as president of the Taiwan Lohas New Trend Lifestyle Group and that the registered addresses of the two organizations are identical. What’s more, he said, there is a great deal of overlap between the personnel rosters of the two companies, which also show the same number of employees.
Lien Hui-hsin has told the media that she has not operated or managed Geneherbs or any of its units. On the contrary, she said, certain politicians should be less trigger-happy in citing opinion polls and turning black and white upside down to make false allegations.
On Sunday Lee Ying-yuan continued with his allegations, saying that on November 15, 2010, Lien Hui-hsin signed an agreement as the president of the group with Chung-bai Pharmaceuticals, with articles about the agreement appearing in both the Changjiang Daily and the domestic Sky News. Furthermore, Lien Hui-hsin participated in the 5th Cross-Strait Cultural and Industrial Collaboration Forum on May 4, 2012, Lee Ying-yuan said pointedly that he would like to ask "Boss Lien" how she can sign an agreement and appear on behalf of a company on one day and then deny everything the next day?
Lee Ying-yuan added that he is also following up on Lien’s claim that she is "doing her best to track the sources of foreign materials.” Lee said Lien’s remarks contradict other statements that she has made recently. If she is not in charge of the company (as she claims), he asks, then why is it her job to trace the source of materials? No one else is taking responsibility, and if Lien is indeed nothing more than a ‘spokesperson for the product image’ then she has no obligation to get involved in any kind of investigation on behalf of the company.
Lee said Sunday that Lien should come out and apologize for any mistakes she has made and give an honest accounting of her actions. Instead, he said, she has repeatedly issued hard denials and attempted herself to politicize the entire issue. Lee said Lien should be investigated and interviewed as soon as possible in order to prevent the destruction of evidence and prevent Lien from colluding with anyone else on the details in the case.
Lien continued to insist that the allegations against her are false, saying that she has not run or managed Geneherbs and that she has not received any salary or remuneration from the company. She said that Lee Ying-yuan or anyone else has documentation that she is not telling the truth on these points, she asks them to present it as evidence.
Taipei City’s Department of Health has tested the ingredients of Wellslim Plus and confirms that it contains cetilistat, a lipase inhibitor designed to treat obesity. The drug is still undergoing clinical trials and has not been approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare for use in Taiwan.
Deputy Director Shen Mei-li of the department’s Food and Drug Division says the company has violated the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act by using cetilistat in its products. Producing or importing illegal drugs carries penalties of up to ten years in jail or a fine of up to NT$10 million, while selling unauthorized drugs may result in a sentence of seven years or a fine of up to NT$5 million.