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Lin Yi-shih’s accuser held, questioned

MATTER OF LAW:Lin said that he was willing to meet with his accuser, but would not respond to DPP accusations, to prevent the party using the case for political ends

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Special Investigation Division spokesperson Chen Hung-ta speaks at a press conference in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Lin Cheng-kung, Taipei Times

Chen Chi-hsiang (陳啟祥), a key suspect in a case of alleged bribery involving former Executive Yuan secretary-general Lin Yi-shih (林益世), was detained and questioned by the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office Special Investigation Division (SID) yesterday.

Chen, head of Ti Yung Co (地勇選礦公司), a metal-recycling company, has accused Lin of accepting a bribe of NT$63 million (US$2.15 million) to help him secure procurement contracts from China Steel Corp (中鋼) and two of its subsidiaries in 2010, and of asking for a further NT$83 million this year.

Chen, who allegedly went into hiding after the Chinese-language Next Magazine published his accusation on Wednesday, was arrested on Friday night at a hotel in Taipei City.

Chen was yesterday named a defendant in the investigation and was released after being questioned for 12 hours.

Lin on Friday was also named a defendant in the case and is expected to be summoned for questioning over the next few days.

SID spokesman Chen Hung-ta (陳宏達) told a press conference yesterday that the agency launched an investigation into the case soon after Next Magazine published the allegation on Wednesday.

SID prosecutor Tsai-Hung-jen (蔡宏仁) is in charge of the case, Chen Hung-ta said, adding that Tsai subpoenaed Chen Chi-hsiang to testify as a witness, but when the notice was delivered to his residence in Greater Kaohsiung, Chen Chi-hsiang was not at home and appeared to have severed connections with his family and friends.

It was later discovered that Chen Chi-hsiang had spent the past few days at a hotel in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義). Tsai and investigators arrested him in his hotel room at 11pm on Friday, the spokesman said.

According to Chen Hung-ta, Chen Chi-hsiang immediately called three attorneys, who came to the hotel, and then declined to be questioned until the next day.

A female friend of Chen Chi-hsiang was with him at the hotel and prosecutors interviewed her as a witness yesterday morning, Chen Hung-ta said, adding that after considering the degree of Chen Chi-hsiang’s suspected involvement in the case prosecutors had decided to name him as a defendant.

Separately yesterday, Lin’s lawyer, KMT Taipei City Councilor Lai Su-ju (賴素如), said her client was willing to meet with Chen Chi-hsiang face to face.

“However, Lin will not respond to accusations made by members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). This is not a political issue, it is a legal one. It is therefore desirable to avoid giving the DPP the opportunity to manipulate it for its own political ends,” she said.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih

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