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Court prepares Ting Hsin food scandal verdict

Court prepares Ting Hsin food scandal verdict

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Changhua District Court was scheduled to issue a verdict about the food safety scandals surrounding Ting Hsin International at 5 p.m. Friday, reports said.
About a year ago, Taiwan was rocked as it was discovered that various types of cooking oil had been adulterated with a range of products unsuitable for human consumption, including waste and industrial products. Ting Hsin, a multinational group led by the four Wei brothers, was accused of being at the core of the scandal.
One of the brothers, Wei Ying-chung, who chaired the main company, could face a maximum of 30 years in prison, but appeals against Friday’s ruling would still be possible, reports said. The tycoon was not expected to travel to Changhua to hear the verdict.
At the most recent court hearing last August, Wei still maintained his innocence, saying he did not know what company employees further down the hierarchy were doing. According to his attorneys, he signed off on the main decisions in Taipei but was not involved in decisions made at the factories around the country on a local level. If the judges follow this interpretation, Wei could end up with a light sentence, reports said.
Other commentators pointed out that the tycoon went against the advice of a senior manager and continued to import questionable raw materials supplied by a Vietnamese company. The company produced animal feed oil in Vietnam but exported it to Taiwan as cooking oil suitable for human consumption/
While the maximum of 30 years was unlikely, Wei could still face a district court sentence of at least 10 years, some reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-26 12:11 GMT+08:00