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Senior legislative official probed for corruption

Legislative Secretary-General Lin Hsi-shan (left) was being investigated for corruption, reports said Tuesday.

Senior LY official probed

Legislative Secretary-General Lin Hsi-shan (left) was being investigated for corruption, reports said Tuesday.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Prosecutors raided the offices of Legislative Yuan Secretary-General Lin Hsi-shan Tuesday amid allegations that he pocketed millions of New Taiwan dollars related to electronic contracts.
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office sent agents of the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau to raid the offices of Lin, his deputy Wang Chuan-chung, several Legislative Yuan departments as well as the offices and homes of business people connected to Farnet Technologies Co., Ltd.
The company reportedly won contracts valued between NT$200 million (US$5.9 million) and NT$300 million (US$8.9 million) thanks to Lin’s interventions. The projects included the installation of online security hardware and software at the Legislative Yuan. After the contracts had been won, Lin received millions through intermediaries, reports said.
Farnet was founded 14 years ago and had won numerous government-related contracts, not just at the Legislature, but also at the Hsinchu City Government, the former Taichung County Council and the National Palace Museum, reports said.
Several minor Legislative Yuan officials were taken in for questioning Tuesday while computers and boxes of documents were moved out, according to media reports. The raid lasted four hours, but Lin was not present.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said he had been called twice about the imminent raid, but had not been informed about the details of the case. The investigation had nothing to do with him and his office would not be searched, he said.
The raids came just days after the presidential and legislative elections saw a massive swing against the ruling Kuomintang, with the Democratic Progressive Party winning an absolute majority of 68 seats out of 113. The new Legislative Yuan will take office next month.


Updated : 2021-10-27 18:28 GMT+08:00