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High Court judge receives longer sentence

High Court judge receives longer sentence

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwan High Court in Taichung extended a prison sentence for corruption for its former judge Hu Ching-pin by 18 months to 19 years and six months Wednesday.
Appeals were still possible. At the start of the investigation, prosecutors found NT$27 million (US$859,000) in cash and hundreds of bottles of expensive liquor at his home, which had cost NT$300 million (US$9.5 million). His salary as a judge at the Taiwan High Court’s branch in Taichung City could not have been enough to pay for his expensive possessions, prosecutors said. They first investigated Hu after a defendant complained about having to pay him a bribe.
On Wednesday, the court raised a prison sentence for corruption to 16 from 14 years but kept a separate sentence for having possessions whose provenance he could not explain at four years and six months. The two sentences were combined to a total of 19 years and six months.
One of Hu’s two extramarital woman friends saw her sentence for corruption maintained at 12 years in prison, but a previous not-guilty verdict for money laundering was overturned, resulting in the extension of her jail sentence by 10 months.
An attorney who was sentenced to six years for taking part in Hu’s corruption schemes was found not guilty Wednesday.
Hu and his woman friend were released on bail, but the Supreme Court is still discussing appeals from prosecutors.
The judge’s case drew widespread attention because of his flamboyant lifestyle and the perception that the outcome of legal cases could be bought from judges.


Updated : 2021-09-17 19:19 GMT+08:00