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Court rejects appeal challenging ex-Cabinet official's bail

Court rejects appeal challenging ex-Cabinet official's bail

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) An appeal challenging the release of former Executive Yuan Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih on NT$50 million (US$1.81 million) bail has been rejected, the Taipei District Court said Sunday. A three-judge panel ruled against the appeal earlier in the day because the Special Investigation Division (SID) under the Supreme Prosecutors Office failed to present any new evidence proving the need to continue detaining Lin after his indictment on corruption-related charges Thursday, the court said. The SID is barred from appealing against the bail with the court again, according to current laws. SID prosecutors said they will seek availability of other remedies. Lin, who has been detained by prosecutors since July 2, was granted bail Friday by the district court following his indictment on corruption-related charges Thursday. According to the terms of his bail, Lin cannot live in any place other than his registered residence in Taipei, and he must report daily to the police station in his residential district. The charges against Lin were demanding bribes, accepting bribes, concealing illegal gains and keeping unaccountable assets, according to the SID. Although the prosecutors did not seek a specific sentence for Lin, the crime of accepting bribes alone carries a minimal sentence of 10 years. Lin's case came to light June 27 when a local magazine reported that he helped Kaohsiung-based Dih Yeon Industrial Co. to secure a slag treatment contract from a subsidiary of Taiwan-based China Steel Corp. in 2010 when Lin served as a legislator of the ruling Kuomintang. In return, Dih Yeon's owner Chen Chi-hsiang gave Lin NT$63 million (US$2.1 million), the indictment said. The magazine reported that Lin demanded a further NT$83 million from Chen early this year after he was appointed as secretary-general of the Executive Yuan. When Chen refused to pay up, Lin allegedly pressured China Steel, a listed company in which the government has a controlling stake, to stop supplying slag to Dih Yeon. Lin's mother Shen Jo-lan, who received the bribe along with Lin, was indicted as another principle offender in the bribery case, according to the indictment. Lin's wife Peng Ai-chia and his two uncles Shen Huan-zhang and Shen Huan-yao -- brothers of Shen Jo-lan -- were indicted on the charge of money laundering for concealing the bribe on behalf of Lin, the indictment added. Chen Chi-hsiang, who gave testimony against Lin as a witness for the prosecutors in the investigation, was probed in a separate case by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office. (By Huang Yi-han, Maubo Chang and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-02-28 12:33 GMT+08:00