Taiwan court extends corrupted councilor’s pre-trial detention

To prevent him from tampering with evidence, prosecutors appealed to keep Chen Ko-ming in detention for two more months

Chen registered to become a council candidate in A...

Chen registered to become a council candidate in A...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The New Taipei District Court today extended New Taipei City Councilor Chen Ko-ming’s (陳科名) detention for two more months at the request of prosecutors who cited risks of evidence tampering, reported Liberty Times.

Chen, currently under investigation over bribery charges, was arrested in March for allegedly accepting cash from developers who sought construction permits from the city government.

Chen then allegedly pressured Urban and Rural Development Bureau’s officials to speed up the issuing process for multiple developers’ construction permits by threatening to cut funding for the agency. The developers told the prosecutors that they had no choice but to bribe Chen at his request.

According to the prosecutors, not only did Chen use his representative role to take bribes from the developers, he also owned multiple companies contracted by the developers to process construction wastes

Hsu Shi-chien (徐士健), an official at the Environmental Protection Bureau of the city government, allegedly took bribes from Chen’s company to not inspect Chen’s business operations according to environmental regulations.