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Ex-Chiayi County speaker listed as fugitive

Ex-Chiayi County speaker listed as fugitive

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) Former Chiayi County Council Speaker Yu Cheng-ta has been put on a wanted list after jumping bail following his conviction on corruption charges. The 53-year-old's guilty verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court on May 22 for soliciting a bribe of NT$1 million (US$33,000) from local businessmen in 2007 when the county organized street fairs for the Taiwan Lantern Festival that year. In the final verdict on the case, the court gave a sentence of 10 years and four months with a suspension of civil rights for five years. His jail term was set to begin June 6, but Yu did not show up. Prosecutors issued a warrant for his arrest the same day with a deadline of June 18. Prosecutor Lin Chun-liang of the Chiayi District Prosecutors Office said Friday that after failing to apprehend Yu, the office asked the Chiayi District Court to allow it to confiscate the bail he posted. Yu was listed as a fugitive Friday right after the court cleared prosecutors to confiscate the bail money. The warrant will remain in effect for 50 years -- until 2064 -- Lin added. An independent, Yu was serving his second term as county council speaker when he was stripped of the title and seat May 22 on the Supreme Court's verdict. (By Chiang Chun-liang and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2022-05-24 07:12 GMT+08:00