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Prosecutors request detention of airport company official, engineer

2019/08/14 19:52:31

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) The Taoyuan District Prosecutors' Office requested Wednesday the detention of an official and engineer from Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC), accused of taking kickbacks relating to an ongoing expansion program at the airport.

Following a long-term surveillance, prosecutors and law enforcement agents raided 27 locations and took 35 persons in for questioning Tuesday, Taoyuan deputy head prosecutor Yang Ting-hung (楊挺宏) said.

Twenty-one of those questioned were listed as defendants under the Government Procurement Act and the Anti-Corruption Act, while 11 were released on bail ranging from NT$20,000 to NT$300,000.

Prosecutors sought the detention of a TIAC department chief identified only by his surname Lin (林) and an engineer surnamed Wu (吳), because they pose a flight risk and could collude or try to tamper with evidence, Yang said.

The initial investigation found that from 2017-2018, Lin and Wu allegedly received kickbacks from companies and helped them win bids to build five projects relating to the expansion of the airport's second terminal, the office said.

The value of the projects being investigated is estimated at NT$4 billion, with Lin and Wu taking at least NT$6 million in kickbacks for each one, the office said.

(By Flor Wang and Wu Jui-chi)