Changhua chief's brother held incommunicado over bribery
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A younger brother of Changhua County Magistrate Chuo Po-yuan was held incommunicado yesterday over alleged involvement in a recycling bag bribery scandal, according to a ruling by the Changhua District Court.
January 13, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The court ruled to uphold a request by prosecutors to hold Chuo Po-chung incommunicado, mainly to prevent him colluding with a key identity in the case, Feng Chi-feng, who is still at large.
The alleged NT$3.5 million bribery scandal concerns bids for recycling bags were provided Changhua County Government. Feng is the alleged supplier of the recycling bags.
In response to the detention of his younger brother, Magistrate Chuo said in a press statement that he fully respects judicial investigations and hopes that the judicial system can speed up its investigation and reveal the truth as soon as possible.
According to initial investigations by prosecutors, Chuo Po-chung allegedly managed to pressure the original winner of a bid to supply up to 7 million recycling bags to Changhua County Government to give up their bid. Chu allegedly claimed that the winner's sample bags failed to meet requirements set by the county government. Following this the requested amount from the county government dropped to 10,000 bags.
In a new round of public bidding for the project, Feng's company won with the assistance of Chuo Po-chung. The requested order increased from 10,000 to 1.82 million bags. During the process, Chuo Po-chung allegedly took a bribe of NT$3.5 million from Feng.
In addition to Chuo Po-chung, a county government official in charge of the bidding operation, Lee Yao-chuan, and a major shareholder of Feng's company, Huang Si-chieh, were also held incommunicado yesterday.
Feng's wife, Wu Bi-jung, was released on a bail of NT$500,000, and a former administration chief of the county government, identified as Yang Jui-mei, was freed on a bail of NT$1 million.