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Court orders detention of Neihu District chief

Court orders detention of Neihu District chief

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A court ordered the detention of Taipei City’s Neihu District chief Lin Shih-chung Saturday over an illegal development deal, but his attorney announced he would file an appeal.
At the root of the case is the allegation that the local official helped a landowner build a road which might be used to prepare for the development of a protected forest area, reports said. The move was also designed to evade the requirement of an environmental impact assessment report.
The landowner, Kuo Wen-te, was ordered detained after the first round of interrogations, reports said.
Saturday’s court ruling about Lin was only the latest step in a long back-and-forth. The prosecutors’ initial request to detain the Neihu District chief was rejected by the Shilin District Court, but after an appeal Friday evening, the Taiwan High Court decided in the early hours of Saturday to throw the case back to the district court.
Lin was present at the court session Saturday morning which lasted two hours before deciding to approve his detention.
His attorney, Liu Wei-ting, told reporters the request to detain Lin was not based on any report that he would collude with other suspects and witnesses or that he would destroy evidence. The prosecutors had been unable to provide any rationale why Lin’s detention was necessary, yet the court had completely followed their argument, Liu said, adding he would file an appeal against Saturday morning’s ruling.
Prosecutors said they still needed to investigate a number of documents related to the case, so Lin should not be allowed to have the opportunity to tamper with them or destroy them.

Updated : 2021-07-26 22:27 GMT+08:00