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Ex-Keelung Council speaker remains detained after failing to post bond

Ex-Keelung Council speaker remains detained after failing to post bond

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Former Keelung Council speaker Huang Ching-tai (???) was kept in detention Monday after he failed to put up NT$20 million (US$595,729) in bail set by the Keelung District Court for his release. Huang, who was indicted for embezzlement Dec. 26, has been detained since Set. 4, 2014. The Keelung District Court, which is in charge of his trial, granted his request for bail to take part in the funeral of his father Tuesday, but he could not pay up the amount set by the court for his bail. Huang's lawyer Chen Ming-hui dismissed as "unreasonable " the NT$20 million required for the bail, which is much higher than the NT$9.1 million public funds Huang was accused of appropriating in office. "It is a political trick" aimed at keeping Huang behind the bar, said Chen. In July, 2014, the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) decided to withdraw its nomination of Huang as its candidate for Keelung City mayor in the year-end election amid bribery allegations and slipping public support. A source in the party quoted President Ma Ying-jeou, then KMT chairman, as calling the decision painful but necessary.
(By Huang Chao-yu and Maubo Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-21 10:54 GMT+08:00