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Government touts corruption conviction rate

Government touts corruption conviction rate

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) The government touted its record of convictions of corrupt public servants Tuesday, arguing that the success in bringing them to justice proves that President Ma Ying-jeou's government is tougher on corruption than his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) predecessor. The Ministry of Justice statistics indicate that from the time the DPP's Chen Shui-bian took office in 2000 until August of this year, there have been 7,138 indictments of corrupt officials targeting more than 20,000 individuals, with a conviction rate of 62.1 percent. The ministry did not release figures covering only Chen's 2000-2008 term. Since Ma took the presidency back for the Kuomintang in 2008, there have been a total of 2,823 indictments of 8,898 people, with a higher conviction rate of 67.3 percent. But there was a huge difference in the amount of dirty money uncovered by law-enforcement under the two administrations. The government of Chen, who is currently serving his own sentence for corruption while in office, found NT$30.8 billion (US$1.01 billion) in eight years -- nearly six times the NT$5.2 billion found during Ma's six years. Kevin Yeh, chief executive of Transparency International's Taiwan branch, said that the amount of illicitly gained money found in raids is not necessarily an indicator of the prevalence of corruption, saying the two presidents had different focuses in their corruption investigations. (By Tsai Pei-chih and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-05-12 16:35 GMT+08:00