Airport company official, engineer detained over kickback scandal - Focus Taiwan

Airport company official, engineer detained over kickback scandal

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) The Taoyuan District Court Wednesday approved the detention of an official and engineer from Taoyuan International Airport Corp. (TIAC), accused of taking kickbacks from companies involved in an ongoing expansion program at the airport.

Taoyuan prosecutors sought detention of the two -- a TIAC department chief identified only by his surname Lin (林) and an engineer surnamed Wu (吳) -- under the Anti-Corruption Act and Government Procurement Act, because they pose a flight risk and could collude or try to tamper with evidence.

On Tuesday, prosecutors and law enforcement agents raided 27 locations and took 35 people in for questioning, with 21 listed as defendants, while 11 were released on bail ranging from NT$20,000 to NT$300,000.

According to the Taoyuan District Prosecutors' Office, Lin and Wu have been charged with taking kickbacks from companies seeking to take part in the expansion program at the airport's second terminal and helping them win bids.

The initial investigation raised questions about five projects with an estimated value of NT$4 billion, for which Lin and Wu are believed to have taken at least NT$6 million in kickbacks on each one, the office said.

(By Flor Wang and Wu Jui-chi)


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