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Taipei's committee to report on controversial Dome case Friday

Taipei's committee to report on controversial Dome case Friday

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) Taipei's Clean Government Committee will discuss and submit a report on the Taipei Dome Complex investigation on Friday, which may implicate President Ma Ying-jeou (???), a committee member said Thursday. A subcommittee responsible for the case will submit a progress report to the committee meeting Friday. After the report is sent to the city government, it will be decided if any former officials involved need to be referred to the prosecutors office for investigation, Yuan Hsiu-hui (???) told reporters. The committee report's findings may testify that Ma, at the time mayor of Taipei, and Taiwan Stock Exchange Chairman Lee Sush-der (???) -- who was finance chief under Ma -- had sought to grant favors to others, and now the city government may recommend they be investigated by prosecutors, local Chinese language newspaper Liberty Times reported on Thursday. Ma was Taipei mayor from 1998-2006 and Lee head of Taipei's Finance Department from December 1998 to April 2006. The city government said mid-April that it found major safety hazards in the Taipei Dome Complex project and demanded a major revision of the construction plans. In response, Farglory Land Development Co. (??), which is contracted by the city government to build and operate the Taipei Dome, said the project is definitely up to international safety standards. Construction work began in April 2012 and was due to be completed by the end of 2015. The committee, established by Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) in January, was composed of 21 members including seven city government officials. It is headed by Ko. Ma enjoys judicial immunity until the end of his term as president on May 20, 2016. Lee issued a statement Thursday saying that he and Ma had never given any favor to Farglory and the city government had sought to rescind Farglory's winning bidder status in late 2004 but was rebutted by the Cabinet-level Public Construction Commission three times. As for the so-called "secretive meetings" between Ma and Chao Teng-hsiung (???), founder of the Farglory Group, Lee said Ma met with Chao in June and September 2004 for about half an hour respectively. The meetings were held in public with about a dozen people participating, and there was no way to make any secret deals.
(By Huang Li-yun, Kelvin Huang, Jay Chen and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-28 23:50 GMT+08:00