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Taiwan ex-Interior chief admits leaking judge list in Exhibition Hall case

Taipei District Court summoned former Interior Minister Yu Chen-hsien (left) for the preparatory hearing of Nangang Exhibition Hall case on Jan. 16.

Taipei District Court summoned former Interior Minister Yu Chen-hsien (left) for the preparatory hearing of Nangang Exhibition Hall case on Jan. 16.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Interior Minister Yu Chen-shien (余政憲) admitted leaking judge list to a construction corporation in the Nangang Exhibition Hall case, one of the four cases surrounding former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his family, in the preparatory hearing held by Taipei District Court Friday.

In the court, Yu admitted leaking the list of judges, but denied disclosing the document about contractors’ qualification, nor did he take bribery against his duty.

Yu’s attorney Hsieh Sung-yu (薛松雨) indicated in court that Yu did not give away the document regarding the qualification restrictions of contractors to specific company. Li Tuo Co. obtained related documents on Oct. 2, 2003 but the Ministry of Interior held the meeting until four days later on the 6th, without Yu’s attendance, said Hsieh. “It should be someone else if there were any leaks,” added Hsieh.

Yu merely passed the judge list to Tsai Ming-tse (蔡銘哲), former first lady Wu Shu-jen’s (吳淑珍) friend, under Wu ‘s request, without knowing any exchanges of money between Tsai, Wu and Kuo Chuan-ching (郭銓慶), person in charge of Rich Construction, affiliate company of Li Tuo Co, said Yu’s lawyer. In addition, Yu did not commit the crime of accepting bribery against his duty since Wu’s receipt of money from others is unrelated to Yu for her not being a public servant, alleged Hsieh.

Hsieh even made a request to the Court to summon Wu as a witness for court appearance.

Prosecutor Tu Huei-ling (杜慧玲) said that Yu and Kuo had made confessions in this case and thus the indictment asked for a lenient sentence. If the two are cooperative in the trial, prosecutors may ask for a lighter sentence for both.

The collegiate bench will consider the request made by Kuo’s attorney Tu Ying-da (杜英達) to combine this case with the alleged money laundering case of former first family for their close relation. Next preparatory hearing for the Exhibition Hall case is set in mid-February after the Lunar New Year holiday.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff


Updated : 2021-04-20 13:20 GMT+08:00