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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.

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