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Many candidates facing legal woes as election nears

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Eighteen candidates from almost every political party are facing unresolved civil or criminal charges ranging from libel to bribe-taking

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Supreme Court Judge Hsieh Chia-he (謝家鶴) decided to drop the charges against Lin and ask the High Court to rehear the case on July 29, 1999.

HSU CHIH-MING

Hsu was alleged to have accepted illegal kickbacks of NT$3.95 million from swimming pool constructors when he was the head of Kaohsiung County's Da-liao Township in 1994.

The Taiwan High Court's Kaohsiung branch sentenced him to 12 years in jail on May 2 last year. Hsu appealed to the Supreme Court and his appeal was granted. The case is waiting to be reheard at the High Court.

FU KUN-CHI

On May 1 last year Fu was sentenced to six years in jail with a fine of NT$35 million by the Taipei District Court, because he illegally speculated in Taiwan Pineapple Group's stocks in 1998. Fu appealed as well, and the case is pending at the High Court.

HO CHIH-HUI

As for Ho, Taipei prosecutors indicted him on charges of corruption, theft and breach of trust and recommended an 18-year sentence. Ho allegedly filed a loan application at the Hsinchu Com-mercial Bank in 1995 while he was still Miaoli County commissioner because his wife was campaigning for the legislature and needed more funds.

The bank allegedly approved his application and paid him NT$300 million, although Ho's credit rating did not qualify him for such a loan.

In 1997, Ho again took advantage of his position to allegedly approve a construction proposal by the Chiuchun Development Co, although the company failed to propose a complete environmental protection plan for the project in Miaoli County. Prosecutors claim that Ho received a bribe of NT$320 million from the company.

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