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Judicial Yuan president tenders resignation over corruption scandal

Judicial Yuan president tenders resignation over corruption scandal

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) Taiwan's Judicial Yuan President Lai In-jaw has tendered his resignation to take responsibility over a corruption scandal involving three judges, the Judicial Yuan said Saturday.
In a statement, Taiwan's judiciary branch said that Lai tendered the resignation to President Ma Ying-jeou Friday, although the president has yet to accept the resignation.
The three judges of Taiwan High Court-- Chen Jung-ho, Lee Chun-ti and Tsai Kuang-chih -- were detained July 14 on suspicions of taking bribes related to their handling of four charges against former ruling party Kuomintang Legislator Ho Chih-hui, who also once served as Miaoli County magistrate.
The judges allegedly took bribes to acquit Ho of corruption charges, including accusations that he took bribes in a land development project in Tongluo, Miaoli County, 10 years ago, that had earned him a 19-year jail sentence and NT$220 million fine from a lower court.
Judicial reform groups have called for the resignation of high ranking judicial officials to take responsibility in the wake of the scandal.
Taiwan High Court Chief Justice Huang Shui-tong has already tendered his resignation to the Judicial Yuan.
"Lai believes that he himself should take the political responsibility, and that there is no reason for Huang to take the sole responsibility," the Judicial Yuan's statement said.
Lai asked President Ma to approve his resignation speedily. If it is approved, he will also approve Huang's resignation, the statement said. (By Lai Yu-chia and Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-05-13 11:28 GMT+08:00