Prosecutors request Farglory chairman be detained

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) Taipei prosecutors requested Friday that Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung be detained and held incommunicado for allegedly bribing Taoyuan Deputy Magistrate Yeh Shih-wen in a housing project in the northern county. The prosecutor accused Yeh of taking bribes in violation of the Anti-Corruption Act and accused Chao and some of his staffs of giving bribes. Yeh and Chao were both summoned as suspects by the prosecutors' office earlier in the day, Taipei prosecutors launched searches of Yeh's office and residence and Farglory's headquarters in Taipei earlier in the day after finding that Yeh was suspected of having received bribes of more than NT$10 million (US$333,000) from Farglory to help it win a housing project bid in Taoyuan in April. Earlier in the day, Yeh, 66, was dismissed from his position with immediate effect by Taoyuan Magistrate Wu Shih-yang, who said he was shocked and angry after learning about the corruption allegation involving a high-ranking county official. Yeh was chief of the Construction and Planning Agency under the Ministry of the Interior before he was recruited in July 2013 by Wu to serve as his deputy. Apart from Chao, seven other people from Farglory have been listed as suspects, according to the prosecutors' office. Farglory Deputy Manger of Public Affairs Yang Shun-chin said the company is cooperating with the judicial investigation and that the company has done nothing illegal. (By Tsai Pei-chi and Elizabeth Hsu)