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Taiwan's top prosecutor resigns over scandal

Taiwan's justice ministry says the island's top prosecutor has resigned over his handling of the former president's corruption scandal.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Taiwan's justice ministry says the island's top prosecutor has resigned over his handling of the former president's corruption scandal.

The ministry statement Tuesday came several hours after Taiwan's official ombudsmen said Prosecutor General Chen Tsung-ming had inappropriate contact with a man who is alleged to have helped former President Chen Shui-bian launder money overseas.

The man, Huang Fang-yen, is now a fugitive. Chen Tsung-ming admitted he met Huang socially.

The two Chens are not related.

Chen Shui-bian was sentenced to life in prison by the Taipei District Court last September on wide-ranging corruption charges, including embezzlement and money-laundering. He is appealing his sentence.