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Vice premier 'long aware' of investigation of ex-fire chief

The China Post news staff--Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah said yesterday he had been long aware that law enforcement authorities had been investigating former fire chief Huang Chi-min for alleged corruption.

Jiang said when he was appointed the minister of the interior in September 2009, he was told by his outgoing predecessor Liao Liao-yi that Huang was being targeted in a corruption probe.

The vice premier made the revelation when asked to comment on Huang's recent arrest.

Jiang said he did not actually have much of a chance to work with Huang, who retired a month after he took over the ministry, which oversees the NFA.

Last week, the Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of Justice concluded three years of investigation by arresting Huang on charges that he had received bribes from contractors while heading the National Fire Agency (NFA) between 2003 and 2009.

Gold bars worth more than NT$23 million were seized from Huang's office and home.

The bureau alleged that Huang had allowed the contractors to earn more than NT$100 million in undue profits by bending the procurement regulations in favor of the companies.

The procurements were related to the NFA's project to build up a disaster response communications network.

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