Former Taiwanese investigation chief Yeh Sheng-mao confessed yesterday that he had informed both ex-president Chen Shui-bian and his former chief aide as early as December 2006 about an international probe into the alleged laundering of US$21 million by Mr Chen's family. The confession, made in a court hearing yesterday, contradicted Mr Chen's claim that he only learned of the allegations in January this year. It also showed that, in addition to Mr Chen, Yeh had told a third party about the probes. Yeh, charged with concealing documents and leaking classified information to Mr Chen, said the global anti-money-laundering association Egmont Group first alerted Taiwan about the alleged money-laundering by Mr Chen's wife, Wu Shu-chen, in the Jersey Islands in early December 2006. The group again sought assistance from the Investigation Bureau on December 12 last year over its probes into the alleged money laundering implicating Mr Chen's son, Chen Chih-chung, and daughter-in-law Huang Jui-ching, in the Cayman Islands. Yeh said when his bureau received the information in December 2006, he first informed Lin Teh-hsun, then chief of the secretarial office under the Presidential Office. Yeh personally told Mr Chen about the case in the same month. Again in December last year, he informed Lin about the probes in the Cayman Islands, Yeh said, adding that he submitted a written report to Mr Chen in early February this year. He said Mr Chen told him he had to keep money abroad to finance various diplomatic missions. Mr Chen, who has denied any wrongdoing, said in August his wife confessed to him in January this year she had wired US$21 million abroad without his knowledge. He said the money was left over from election campaign funds. He denied receiving official documents from Yeh.