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Court maintains bail order for ex-Ting Hsin chairman

Court maintains bail order for ex-Ting Hsin chairman

Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) Wei Ying-chung (???), the disgraced former chairman of Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co., will get to spend Lunar New Year's Eve at home after the Changhua District Court maintained its original ruling Tuesday to release the detained businessman on bail. The court also maintained the original bail set at NT$300 million (US$9.5 million), despite the Taichung branch of the Taiwan High Court asking the district court a day earlier to reconsider Wei's release from detention on fears he could flee the country. This was the third time in a week the court convened a hearing to decide whether or not to free Wei, who is implicated in Ting Hsin's flagrant violations of food safety laws. On Tuesday, the High Court branch had argued that Wei's alleged offenses, if substantiated, would lead to stiff sentences for him and his co-defendants, and it was sensible to conclude that he was a flight risk or could destroy evidence if released. One week earlier on Feb. 2, the same branch of the High Court called for a reconsideration of the district court's Jan. 28 decision to allow Wei to be released on NT$100 million bail. The following day, the lower court maintained its bail decision on the grounds that Wei did not pose a flight risk. Even though the district court increased the bail amount to NT$300 million, the decision to release Wei led prosecutors to file another appeal with the High Court this past Monday. Wei was indicted in October 2014 on multiple counts of fraud and violations of food safety laws after his company was found to have sold edible oils made with ingredients not fit for human consumption. He was detained for nearly three months before being released on bail in late January. (By Wu Jhe-hao and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 14:55 GMT+08:00