United Microelectronics Corp (UMC,
The Ministry of Economic Affairs may penalize the chipmaker for violating the nation's laws restricting investments in China and technology transfer, a ministry spokesman surnamed Chen said.
Prosecutors indicted former UMC chairman Robert Tsao (
UMC last month threatened to leave Taiwan's stock exchange in protest over a fine for delays in disclosing accounting errors.
"We'll refer to the indictment and ask UMC to explain" the company's relations with He Jian, Chen said.
UMC's larger rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (
Tsao, who quit on Monday, was charged with breach of trust and violating accounting law when helping Suzhou, China-based He Jian set up a plant in 2002, prosecutors said.
John Hsuan (