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Ex-Cabinet official listed as defendant in bribery case

2012/07/01 17:58:21

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) Prosecutors summoned former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih and his wife for questioning Sunday afternoon, listing him as a defendant in an alleged bribery case after investigators searched his residences earlier in the day.

As of press time, Lin and his wife Peng Ai-chia were being questioned at the Special Investigation Division (SID) of the Supreme Prosecutors Office.

Prosecutors from the SID obtained warrants and searched Lin's houses in Taipei and in Fengshan, Kaohsiung on Sunday morning.

Investigators were seen carrying boxes as they left Lin's residence in Fengshan after four hours of search, but they refused to answer reporters' questions.

They also searched China Steel Corp. (CSC), CHC Resources Corp., and Kaohsiung-based Ti Yung Co., which were all named in the alleged bribery case.

Chen Chi-hsiang, owner of Ti Yung who accused Lin of taking bribes, was also questioned by prosecutors Saturday and later listed as a defendant on suspicion that he had bribed a government official.

The SID launched the investigation and asked Chen to come forward after a local magazine reported last week that Lin had received a bribe of NT$63 million from Chen to help Ti Yung secure a slag treatment contract from CSC two years ago, when Lin was a legislator of the ruling Kuomintang.

Lin later demanded a further NT$83 million from Chen between February and March this year, according to the report. When Chen refused to pay up, Lin in April pressured CSC to stop supplying slag to Ti Yung for treatment, according to the magazine.

Lin has publicly denied that he ever took bribes from Chen or pressured anyone into paying a bribe. He has filed a lawsuit against Chen, charging him with aggravated libel.

Lin resigned from his Cabinet post Friday, saying he wanted to focus on the legal proceedings.

(By Chang Che-fon and Jamie Wang)