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Court reviews its decision to approve bail for Lin Yi-shih

The Taipei District Court started reviewing a judge's decision to set free former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih on NT$50 million bail after prosecutors indicted him for corruption.

The court, conducting the review in response to an appeal by prosecutors, had yet to decide whether the bail should be revoked as of press time.

The Special Investigation Division (SID), which is in charge of the prosecution of the case, argued that Lin had to be remanded in custody, asking that the bail be repealed.

Lin walked free Wednesday night after posting the bond, ending almost three months of detention.

He, along with his wife and mother, has been charged with taking NT$63 million in bribes from a business in return for help to secure a contract from the government-run China Steel.

Though deciding to set Lin free, the judge presiding over the bail hearing warned the former government official against disposing of or faking evidence.

Su Tseng-chang, chairman of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party, criticized the judge for releasing Lin.

He noted the judge should not have released Lin, judging from the concern over the possibility of Lin disposing of evidence.

Su claimed that the indictment against Lin showed the authorities were not serious about prosecuting the former official.

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