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Five ASE workers charged over wastewater pollution

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) and five company employees were indicted Friday for discharging untreated industrial wastewater into a river.

Su Ping-shou, the manager of ASE's K7 plant in Kaohsiung, and four others were formally accused of unlawful disposal of toxic material under the Criminal Code and the Waste Disposal Act.

The world's largest IC packaging and testing services provider was also charged under the Waste Disposal Act, but ASE Chairman Jason Chang and Vice President Lin Hsien-tang were not among those indicted.

Lin was questioned by the authorities on Dec. 14 and released on NT$5 million bail. Chang was also questioned about his role in the case.

Prosecutors believe the K7 plant polluted Houjing Creek near the ASE complex in the Nanzih Industrial Zone.

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