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Farglory will not appeal Chao detention ruling

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Farglory Group yesterday said it has decided not to appeal the Taipei District Court's ruling to maintain the detention of Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄).

After being detained and held incommunicado for over two weeks on bribery charges, Chao recently requested to be released on bail, however, the district court on June 18 dismissed Chao's request.

Farglory spokesman Yang Shun-chin (楊舜欽) yesterday said that, after being held in custody for over two weeks, Chao is experiencing health problems, nevertheless, he will continue to cooperate with the prosecutors' investigation and will not seek to be released at this time.

Yang said Farglory respects prosecutors' progress in the investigation, noting that, however, Farglory hopes Chao can be freed from detention as soon as possible when the prosecutors complete their investigation on the case.

Chao is accused of offering a bribe to former Taoyuan County Deputy Magistrate Yeh Shih-wen (葉世文) to secure Farglory's bid in an affordable housing project in Bade District of Taoyuan County, for which Yeh reportedly demanded a bribe of NT$26 million from Chao.

Chao allegedly ordered Farglory senior executive Wei Chun-hsiung (魏春雄) to first give NT$16 million in cash to Yeh via intermediary Tsai Jen-hui (蔡仁惠) — a college architecture professor, prosecutors said.

Yeh was busted by prosecutors and Agency Against Corruption officials after receiving the NT$16 million in cash.

The aforementioned four suspects have all confessed to Taipei prosecutors in separate questioning sessions, prosecutors said. The four are currently detained and held incommunicado in the Taipei Detention Center since June 2 pending formal indictment.

Apart from Chao, Wei also recently requested to be released on bail, but his request was rejected by the Taipei District Court on June 19.

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