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Prosecutors file appeal against bail for Ting Hsin executive

Prosecutors file appeal against bail for Ting Hsin executive

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Changhua District Prosecutors Office on Friday filed an appeal against the release of Ting Hsin International key executive Wei Ying-chung on bail of NT$100 million (US$3.17 million).
Wei, one of four brothers who run the group accused of involvement in several food safety scandals, was released early Wednesday morning and allowed to return home to spend the Lunar New Year at a luxury residential complex in Taipei.
The prosecutors said there was still a risk he might escape the country or collude with other suspects and witnesses. The requirement that he report to a police station on a daily basis did not diminish those risks, the prosecutors said.
In addition, several employees of the Ting Hsin International Group still needed to be questioned, they said. One of the issues is whether or not Wei knew about what was going on inside his company.
The Changhua District Court had ruled that the risks of escape and collusion had decreased significantly, so it had ordered the release on bail of Wei, former Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co. Acting Chairman Chen Mao-chia, ex-General Manager Chang Mei-feng and Dai Hanh Phuc Co. Chairman Yang Chen-yi.
The charges against the businessmen included violations of food safety laws by importing animal feed-grade low standard oil products from Vietnam to use in cooking oil for human consumption.
Prosecutors accused Yang of making recent statements that completely contradicted earlier comments given during initial rounds of questioning. Yang’s wife was also refusing to come over from Vietnam but limited herself to issuing official statements through her husband’s company, the investigators said.
Chen and other Ting Hsin managers were obviously trying to protect their colleagues, and they would find this even easier now they were out on bail, according to prosecutors.
They also noted how Wei’s bail amount of NT$100 million arrived at the court in just five minutes, showing such a large sum did not mean anything to him. He had the funds available to flee and live overseas if he wanted to, the prosecutors said.
Wei has been charged with fraud, forgery and violations of the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation.


Updated : 2021-09-19 15:54 GMT+08:00