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Ex-chairman of troubled oil maker detained

2014/10/17 16:51:31

Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) The Changhua District Court on Friday granted a request to detain Wei Ying-chung, former chairman of three subsidiaries of Ting Hsin International Group.

The practice of using substandard animal feed oil in cooking oil products at subsidiaries of Ting Hsin, best known for its Master Kong brand of instant noodles, was revealed last week, tossing Taiwan into its third major edible oil scare in a year.

The Changhua Prosecutors Office summoned Wei for questioning Thursday on suspicion he was aware of the practice at the companies.

Prosecutors requested his detention out of fear he would collude with others to destroy the evidence.

(By Wu Jhe-hao and Lilian Wu)

Key developments of Ting Hsin oil scandal:
●Oct. 16: Ting Hsin announces withdrawal from Taiwan's oil market
●Oct. 15: Prosecutors seize assets of Ting Hsin's former chairman
●Oct. 14: Ting Hsin, Cheng I executives detained in oil scandal
●Oct. 13: Latest scandal dredges up earlier indictment against Ting Hsin Oil
●Oct. 12: Fifth suspect detained in edible oil scandal
●Oct. 11: Cheng I, Ting Hsin Oil & Fat suspend operations amid scandal
●Oct. 10: More trouble for Ting Hsin in snowballing scandal
●Oct. 9: Wei Ying-chung resigns chairmanships at scandal-hit food makers
●Oct. 9: Oil maker ordered to recall 68 lard-based products
●Oct. 8: Ting Hsin back in hot water over new oil scandal at subsidiary