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Prosecutors seek to detain Chiayi County chief in 'leaked tender'

Chiayi County Commissioner Chen Ming-wen gestures in this file photo taken on Oct. 15 while he attended an event to promote agricultral products in Ch...

Chiayi County Commissioner Chen Ming-wen gestures in this file photo taken on Oct. 15 while he attended an event to promote agricultral products in Ch...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Chiayi County Commissioner Chen Ming-wen (陳明文) was released on NT$3 million (US$93,000) bail on Oct. 4 for his alleged role in leaking the tender estimate for a sewage canal project in Chiayi County's Minhsiung Township. Lai Wen-cheng (賴文正), the contractor who won the bid, was also released on NT$1.5 million bail on the same day. But, prosecutors on the case argued that the bail was highly improper and sought court permission to detain Chen. A trial will be held at the Chiayi District Court and Chen is expected to undergo his trial for the alleged 'leaked tender' case.

According to reports, Chen is suspected of having ganged up and met with Lai prior to the tender was issued. Lai then gave Chen a call and said the estimate was "654." In response, Chen gave Lai instructions so that Lai can adjust the estimate for winning the sewage project. Investigators said the estimate for a tender issued in May last year was NT$654 million, while the bid from Weimon Industry Co Ltd (偉盟工業公司), which was awarded the contract, was NT$653.8 million. Reports said that Chen's alleged misconduct helped Lai's company save at least NT$60 million.

The trial of Chen and Lai in the Chiayi District Court this morning will decide whether to take Chen and Lai into custody as prosecutors believe that taking Chen and Lai into custody is necessary for concerns about possible destruction of evidence and possible collusion with other alleged suspects in the same case.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2021-04-20 05:50 GMT+08:00