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SID suspects more people in Lin bribery

Transcripts of a recently released bribery tape recording involving former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih were published in local media yesterday. Although Lin stated that there were no other accomplices in his confession, investigators suspect that others might have been involved in the case judging from the contents of the recording.

Chen Chi-hsiang (陳啟祥), who allegedly bribed Lin, came out and spoke to NEXT Magazine, exposing a devastating graft scandal that shook the Ma administration last week. Lin resigned from his post but claimed that he was innocent in two press conferences held immediately after NEXT published its reports. The bribery allegations revolved around negotiation deals with China Steel Co. (CSC).

Lin is being held incommunicado following his partial confession of accepting NT$63 million from Chen on Monday after a 12-hour interrogation session, according to prosecutors from the Special Investigation Division (SID) under the Supreme Prosecutors Office. As of now, Lin is prohibited from communication, including telecommunications, except with his assigned attorney, prosecutors said.

Local media published transcripts of the recording yesterday. During the 66-minute conversation, Lin and Chen apparently discussed the amount of the bribe, related companies and a potential involvement of other officials, said local reports. According to the transcript provided by the media, Lin said, “I need to deal with a lot more lawmakers this time.” Lin had allegedly requested another NT$83 million after Chen had paid the initial amount.

July 4, 2012    miller.henry641@
Is this guy going to get a bigger cell than A-Bian?
July 4, 2012    narawanda@
Is this the first case of corruption by a high profile KMT government member since the KMT arrived in Taiwan in 1949?
July 4, 2012    fukr@
Let this be a lesson to every public official. Beware!!!
Before discussing any money issue, make sure you frisk the man thoroughly for any tape recorders, cameras etc. Better still, talk inside a spa where you're naked up to the brim--unless he has something up inside his a**! LOL
July 4, 2012    alvinchen3333@
Ma's government has ever announced in public that his government will sweep up any corruption to proceed a clean democracy with rule by laws. Why did he choose a corrupted guy for a top officer in new cabinet? Did he never investigate this person's character when he was a congressman for the past years? How can Ma convince people that he is an excellent leader to know to choose a reliable cadre? How could Ma's government and Chairman Ma of KMT resolve the culture of corruption dipped in KMT party for years? How to face public opinion and world society if the suspect gets bail to leave custody later?
Anyway, we must thoroughly and strongly clear up any corruption in government to proceed with a clean democracy, then we can get respect from world society and get self-esteem.

No privilege and no lie, but be fair, just and honest words, please.
July 4, 2012    billparkhurst@
The entire KMT culture which dominates all aspects of public life and institutions is corrupt. There is no check and balance in place to stop such practices from occurring. The legal system is just as corrupt because every public employee is working for the same boss. The hospitals, courts and all aspects of public life are corrupt. This democracy is in its infancy and the carry over of traditional Chinese culture is still the underlying method of doing business.
July 5, 2012    hetoon@
billparkhurst@ wrote:
The entire KMT culture which dominates all aspects of public life and institutions is corrupt. There is no check and balance in place to stop such practices from occurring. The legal system is just as corrupt because every public employee is working for the same boss. The hospitals, courts and all aspects of public life are corrupt. This democracy is in its infancy and the carry over of traditional Chinese culture is still the underlying method of doing business.
How would you know? How about DDP's and Ah Bien's culture? Stop generalizing.
July 6, 2012    coohog@
this is Taiwan, ever read KMT history CKS n Song corp. stole so much he bbk the government n reissued new currency---biz as usual though in Taiwan
July 7, 2012    mark.wang5969@
alvinchen3333@ wrote:
Ma's government has ever announced in public that his government will sweep up any corruption to proceed a clean democracy with rule by laws. Why did he choose a corrupted guy for a top officer in new cabinet? Did he never investigate this person's character when he was a congressman for the past years? How can Ma convince people that he is an excellent leader to know to choose a reliable cadre? How could Ma's government and Chairman Ma of KMT resolve the culture of corruption dipped in KMT party for years? How to face public opinion and world society if the suspect gets bail to leave custody later?
Anyway, we must thoroughly and strongly clear up any corruption in government to proceed with a clean democracy, then we can get respect from world society and get self-esteem.

No privilege and no lie, but be fair, just and honest words, please.
Ma is not a corrupted guy but he couldn't be sure that his administration is not. Probably the best answer is "Ma is blind in choosing his team".
July 7, 2012    mark.wang5969@
fukr@ wrote:
Let this be a lesson to every public official. Beware!!!
Before discussing any money issue, make sure you frisk the man thoroughly for any tape recorders, cameras etc. Better still, talk inside a spa where you're naked up to the brim--unless he has something up inside his a**! LOL
Why should you when you have nothing to hide!
July 7, 2012    mark.wang5969@
narawanda@ wrote:
Is this the first case of corruption by a high profile KMT government member since the KMT arrived in Taiwan in 1949?
I do not think so ... some undiscovered and more would be coming up!
July 7, 2012    mark.wang5969@
billparkhurst@ wrote:
The entire KMT culture which dominates all aspects of public life and institutions is corrupt. There is no check and balance in place to stop such practices from occurring. The legal system is just as corrupt because every public employee is working for the same boss. The hospitals, courts and all aspects of public life are corrupt. This democracy is in its infancy and the carry over of traditional Chinese culture is still the underlying method of doing business.
I share the same thinking as you. When Ma was the Minister of Law during Lee Teng Hui's regime --- he failed to investigate the 'actual story' of the Thomson frigates bought from France. Now he is the President (2nd Term) but far too passive against corruption!
July 11, 2012    poeboy418@
I see it's now the KMT in the hot seat after so many believed that the DPP seemed to be the only corrupt political party. Corruption runs rampant in all political parties and none are exempt from being involved in bribery cases. Although you have the folks in power claiming to investigate this to the fullest, let's wait and see just what comes out of this. Who goes to jail and for how long? Who gets off with a slap on the wrist and who doesn't get investigated at all?
July 18, 2012    joesun@
One down, one more big rat to go. TwoE, Double play.
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