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Judicial probe targeting activist accused of seizing public funds

Judicial probe targeting activist accused of seizing public funds

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) The Taipei District Prosecutors Office summoned witnesses Friday in cases involving alleged fraud and embezzlement that implicate social activist Liulin Wei (???), former CEO of alternative media outlet Watchout Co. Liulin is accused by the Citizen 1985 Alliance (??1985????) to have misappropriated funds to the tune of NT$300,000 (US$9,693) that it raised from donations to a social movement calling for justice following the death of 24-year-old army Corporal Hung Chung-chiu (???) in 2013. Hung died of heatstroke after being forced to do strenuous exercise in a confinement facility he should not have been in in the first place. The death raised questions of human rights violations in the military, sparked mass protests in Taiwan, led to the prosecution of several military officials and was the catalyst for major legal reforms. On June 10, Citizen 1985 took legal action against Liulin, one of the activist organization's founders, accusing him of raising funds in the name of the alliance without authorization and then seizing the funds for his personal use. Meanwhile, Watchout dismissed Liulin from office June 5 after discovering that he had remitted NT$2 million of public money to his personal bank account without authorization. Watchout discovered the inappropriate practice June 1, confronted Liulin the next day and then decided to discharge him, even though he remitted the funds back to the company's bank account and confessed that he made a major financial mistake, according to Lin Tsu-i (???), new CEO of the Internet media company. Taipei district prosecutors summoned Lin and two other Watchout executives for questioning Friday. Lin told the press after the questioning that the prosecution had asked them about 20 questions, ranging from the reason Watchout was established, the company's financial sources, to questions about details of how the company's funds were used. Asked whether the company will file a similar lawsuit against Liulin, Lin only said they are still auditing the accounts. Liulin's case was the latest one that has battered the country's rising "Third Power" -- referring to activists not attached to the ruling Kuomintang or the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party -- after Chen Wei-ting, one of student leaders of the 2014 Sunflower Movement, was found to have sexually molested women. The Third Power activists, mostly young citizens, carved themselves a decisive political role through initiating the Sunflower Movement, which occupied the Legislature for several weeks to oppose the trade-in-services pact with China. (By Liu Shih-yi and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-23 11:26 GMT+08:00