Construction officials detained over corruption
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Five people, including two construction officials, have been taken into custody over an anti-corruption probe into delays in the completion of a New Taipei expressway project, prosecutors said yesterday.
February 2, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
The officials from the Construction and Planning Agency (CPA) are suspected of accepting favors from BES Engineering's subcontractors in return for approving the delays in completing the Yonghe section of the New Taipei Huanhe Expressway, which was just fully opened to traffic earlier this week, the prosecutors said.
The New Taipei District Court ordered that the two officials — Kuo Chien-chung and You Chih-cheng — and three subcontractors be detained, while granting bail to six other suspects.
The NT$2.8 billion Yonghe project began in 2008 and was suppose to be completed by April 2012. But its completion deadline had been allowed to be pushed back three times, each time shortly after the construction officials had been taken to wining-and-dining and sex trips by the BES subcontractors, the prosecutors from New Taipei said.
The approved delays helped the subcontractors avoid a penalty totaling almost NT$600 million, the prosecutors added.