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DPP lawmaker given six months for leaking tender information

2018/12/13 20:10:05

Chen Ming-wen (陳明文/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Dec. 13 (CNA) The Supreme Court upheld a ruling by a lower court Thursday, sentencing ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Chen Ming-wen (陳明文) to six months behind bars.

Chen was found guilty of revealing the details of the lowest tender to a sewage constructor and acquaintance when serving as magistrate of Chiayi County in 2007.

The Supreme Court rejected Chen's appeal and upheld the ruling of the Tainan branch of the Taiwan High Court in September last year.

Chen cannot appeal the verdict, which can be commuted to a fine of NT$180,000 (US$5,840).

The former magistrate vowed to clear his name.

Chen was found guilty by the high court of breaching the Anti-Corruption Act by disclosing the lowest tender to a favored bidder in a sewer project offered by Chiayi County government in Minhsiung Township in 2007, when he was magistrate in the southern Taiwan county. He was not found guilty of profiting from the information.

Lai Wen-cheng (賴文正), president of Wei Meng Construction company, won the bid by bidding NT$200,000 lower than the lowest tender of NT$654 million, but was recorded by prosecutors telling staff to bid under NT$654 million, leading to the investigation. Lai has not been indicted.

Chen was initially found not guilty by Chiayi District Court in September 2012.

(By Hsiao Po-wen and Flor Wang)