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Former aide to be held for longer period

Former aide to be held for longer period

The Taipei District Court decided yesterday to remand former Presidential Office deputy secretary-general Chen Che-nan (陳哲男) in custody for two more months to facilitate an investigation into an influence-peddling scandal and other irregularities in which he is implicated.
Chen, who was taken into custody on April 7 on fraud charges, will be held until December 7.
Chen was allegedly involved in a case in which Liang Po-hsun (梁柏薰), a construction businessman under custody for his alleged involvement in economic crime, claimed that he gave Chen NT$7 million in bribes through a sauna business owner named Yang Chen-feng.
Though Chen returned the money to Liang, prosecutors found that their dubious relations warranted further investigation that may lead to a breakthrough in the probe into another scandal, in which Chen was suspected of conducting stock transactions through his staff at the Presidential Office.
At Chen's request, the court agreed to summon Liang for cross examination to clear up some doubts in the case. Chen also requested the court to interview his successor, former presidential deputy secretary-general Ma Yung-cheng, in order to clarify his role in the case.
Chen is also suspected of involvement in several other scandals under investigation, including using his political influence to help Huapan Consultant Co. win a contract to employ and manage foreign workers for a construction of the Kaohsiung mass rapid transit system.
Chen was recently cleared of any involvement in an ownership dispute over the Sogo Department Store.


Updated : 2021-05-08 01:10 GMT+08:00