Recordings in Lin graft case edited, deleted
By Ann Yu ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A court ruling over former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih's graft scandal may take an unexpected turn as the original recordings related to the alleged corruption were deleted by alleged briber Chen Chi-hsiang, according to Lin's attorneys.
January 15, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Lin's attorneys claim that the recordings related to the graft scandal were highly tampered with, at a court session yesterday, adding that Chen edited out all dialogue that was in Lin's favor.
Lin is currently on trial for allegedly taking NT$83 million from Ti Yung Co. owner Chen to assist in completing a business deal.
Aside from Lin, his wife Peng Ai-jia, who is also a defendant in the case, as well as alleged briber Chen Chi-hsiang and his wife Chen Tsai-mei were summoned to court. In addition, the owner of a recording studio in Kaohsiung Lin Wan-chu (林萬助) was summoned as a witness.
Tampered Audio Files
Of the nine discs in total that were found in Chen's home by investigators, Chen's version that was handed over to prosecutors was the shortest in length, suggesting that he edited out a significant portion of the original content, according to the attorneys.
Studio owner Lin admitted that Chen had requested help from him last year four times to edit the audio recordings of the Lin-Chen dialogue. According to prosecutors, the recordings handed over by Chen were copies of the original files, which were all edited. The original version, according to investigators, was deleted.
While investigators recovered some audio from studio owner Lin's computer, the former secretary-general's attorneys revealed that some dialogue was re-edited by Chen. In an investigation note, Chen's wife admitted that the original files were erased.
Lin's attorney noted that Chen's motives in deleting the “crucial” original recordings were highly suspicious and that it demanded further investigation.
In previous court sessions, presiding judge Chi Kai-feng had said that although the content of the dialogue between Chen and Lin was edited, it was still clear that Lin had solicited bribes.
True or False Evidence
Reportedly, investigators and prosecutors recovered some 20 files from studio owner Lin's computers that were previously deleted.
According to the lawyers, the crucial “3,3,23” mentioned in the recordings was explained by Chen as an indication to the money installments of NT$30 million, NT$30 million and NT$23 million to different companies. But according to the recovered audio, lawyers said it was not clear what these numbers implied, because Chen had edit out all of his own dialogue.
Lawyers also said that Chen's accusations over Lin's “arrogant” claims about his authority in the Cabinet underwent several edits. They added that Lin's statement about “not wanting to talk about money” was cut out of the recordings handed over by Chen.
According to Chen in earlier investigations, he had pleaded for Lin to lower the price, asking him to “not take too much.” Lawyers said yesterday that the actual recordings showed that Chen was complaining to Lin about other companies “taking too much.” The attorneys claim that it was a completely different setting and the conversation had a totally different meaning than was alleged.