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Anti-corruption agency searches Taipower in corruption probe

2012/05/15 20:05:45

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) The Agency Against Corruption under the Ministry of Justice searched the state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) Tuesday as part of an investigation into corruption surrounding a 2007 procurement case at the company's fourth nuclear power plant.

Three prosecutors and 40 ethics officers searched five locations, including the under-construction power plant in New Taipei's Gongliao Township, as well as other businesses allegedly involved in the case.

The prosecutors also summoned Lin Chun-lung, deputy head of Taipower's Department of Nuclear Engineering, for questioning over his alleged involvement in the case.

The agency said that Taipower employees who in 2007 oversaw and handled the procurement case -- worth some NT$440 million (US$14.9 million) -- allegedly failed to conduct themselves in accordance with the terms of the Government Procurement Act.

Local media reported that materials provided by the two companies that won the open tender were found to have no or limited protection against radiation, a defect that contravened the requirements of the contract.

According to Taipower regulations, Lin, who led a supervisory team at the power plant that year, was supposed to hold a meeting to arbitrate whether materials from its providers met company requirements, according to the Chinese-language United Evening News.

According to the report, Lin had irregular connections with the two companies and allegedly directed the supervisory team to allow the materials from the two companies to pass inspection.

(By Tsai Pei-chih and Jamie Wang)