Kaohsiung, April 25 (CNA) The Kaohsiung District Court ruled Wednesday that a city prosecutor accused of corruption should remain in detention.
Kaohsiung prosecutor Ching Tien-po has been in custody since Jan. 21 on charges of accepting bribes worth of millions of Taiwan dollars to close an investigation in July 2011.
Ching, who was in charge of an investigation into the alleged production and sale of illegal diet pills by a woman Sun Ya-hui in September 2010, is accused of declining to prosecute her in return for a share in a tin mine business in Malaysia.
Ching, his wife Peng Tsung-mei, a man named Huang Yi-hsin, and Sun were detained in the case.
Prosecutors said Ching was aware that Sun was a Malaysian-Taiwanese and that her family ran a tin mine in Malaysia. He asked to invest NT$15 million (US$500,000) in the business in his wife's name and subsequently made more than NT$10 million from the investment, prosecutors said.
Investigators said they had been monitoring Ching for more than two years, and during that time he and his wife had gone on several all-expenses-paid trips to Malaysia.
Ching is also believed to have received pay-offs and other favors such as free nights out at hostess clubs from people he had been investigating.
Prosecutors suggested that Huang, Sun and Liang be given reduced sentences or be set free as they have confessed to the crimes in exchange for their cooperation.
Ching has been suspended from prosecutor duties under the Discipline of Civil Servants Act, and will not be allowed to return to his post during the case.
(By Chang Che-fon and C.J. Lin)