Prosecutors ask for detention of TRA officials
The China Post news staff and CNA
November 2, 2012, 12:12 am TWN
The China Post news staff and CNA--Prosecutors at Taichung District Court (台中地院) yesterday requested the detention of six Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) officials, including Deputy Director General Chung Chao-hsiung (鍾朝雄) and two businessmen, on suspicion of bribery-related offenses.
According to local reports, Chung and eight other public servants allegedly accepted gifts and were treated to banquets by companies bidding for several railway construction and procurement projects budgeted at more than NT$300 million (US$10.3 million).
Chung's alleged involvement in the bribery case stems from his term last year as the TRA's chief engineer, prosecutors said.
A total of 19 TRA officials and businessmen were brought in for questioning on Wednesday.
Investigators suspect that the officials colluded with a group of brokers to ensure that certain companies won project bids. They later received kickbacks after helping the companies make further illegal gains by changing construction designs, increasing budgets and extending construction periods, investigators said.
The projects were part of a program to improve the safety of the island's railway system, local reports said.
The officials are being charged with violation of the Anti-corruption Act (貪污治罪條例), said Deputy Chief Prosecutor Tsai Tsung-hsi (蔡宗熙), adding that the Taichung District Prosecutors Office (台中地檢署) deems a detention order necessary for further investigation.
The officials denied the allegations, including being treated to brothels, accepting luxury vehicles as gifts and receiving over NT$10 million in cash.