Deputy Taoyuan magistrate detained on corruption charges

Taipei, May 31 (CNA) A deputy chief of Taoyuan County was ordered detained and held incommunicado early Saturday for allegedly taking bribes from one of Taiwan's most successful real estate tycoons. The Taipei District Court granted the request made overnight by prosecutors for Deputy Magistrate Yeh Shih-wen to be held. A request for Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung to be detained remained under consideration. The two were summoned as suspects by the prosecutors' office Friday after searches were conducted in Yeh's office and residence and Farglory's headquarters in Taipei. The prosecutors have requested the detention of two other people accused of playing the role of intermediaries. Yeh is suspected of having received bribes of more than NT$18 million (US$600,000) from Farglory to help the company win a housing project bid in Taoyuan in April. Yeh, 66, was dismissed Friday afternoon 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.
Claiming that the company has done nothing illegal, Farglory Deputy Manger of Public Affairs Yang Shun-chin said the company is cooperating with the authorities in the investigation. (By Lin Chang-shun and Jay Chen)