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Taipei official questioned over Twin Towers

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei prosecutors yesterday questioned Lin Hsun-chieh (林勳杰), an official at the Department of Rapid Transit Systems' (DORTS, 捷運局) North District Project Office, as a suspect in the questionable Twin Towers development project.

Taipei City Councilor Angela Ying (應曉薇) last year told prosecutors that Lin and real estate developer Cheng Hung-tao (程宏道) paid bribes and violated the Money Laundering Control Act as part of the Twin Towers bidding process.

The Taipei District Court detained and held Cheng and Kuomintang City Councilor Lai Su-ju (賴素如) incommunicado in March over the bribery allegation.

Prosecutors summoned Lin as a suspect at the Investigation Bureau Taipei Office yesterday morning and later transferred him to Taipei District Prosecutors Office in the evening for another round of questioning.

Before Lin was transferred to the DORTS' North District Project Office earlier in April, he worked at DORTS's Joint Development Division.

Some local media and opposition city councilors have speculated that the timing of Lin's transfer was related to the Twin Towers project. In response to the claims, the Taipei mayor said earlier this month that Lin's transfer was part of a normal DORTS reshuffle.

In light of the complexities of the Twin Towers bidding process, earlier in April Taipei prosecutors questioned Taipei Department of Finance Commissioner Chiu Da-chan (邱大展) and former DORTS Commissioner Richard Chen (陳椿亮) over the Twin Towers project.

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