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Former legislative official sentenced on corruption charges

2017/05/05 21:44:29

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Taipei, May 5 (CNA) The Taipei District Court sentenced Lin Hsi-shan (林錫山), the former secretary-general of the Legislative Yuan, to 16 years in jail on Friday for irregularities in the purchase of computers for the body over a six-year period.

The court also ruled that Lin be stripped of his civil rights for six years and said the NT$39.5 million (US$1.22 million) in kickbacks Lin received should be confiscated based on the Anti-Corruption Act.

Lin can appeal the ruling.

The former legislative official was accused by prosecutors of being involved in a scheme to help a company secure contracts for the supply of computers to the Legislature.

From 2011 to 2015, Farnet Technologies Co. (網遠科技公司) won 33 contacts to supply the Legislature with computers, prosecutors said during their investigation last year, adding that Farnet was usually the lone bidder.

Lin, along with an employee at his office and two workers at Farnet Technologies Co., were taken into custody after prosecutors conducted searches in Taipei, New Taipei, Hsinchu City and Changhua County and questioned a total of 33 people on Jan. 19, 2016.

Lin served as legislative secretary-general from February 1999 to Jan. 31, 2016. Prior to that, he was a three-term legislator, representing Changhua from 1990 to 1999.

(By Liu Shi-yi and Lee Hsin-Yin)