Ex-Executive Yuan official’s detention extended 60 days

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Wed, Aug 29, 2012 - Page 1

The Taipei District Court yesterday extended former Executive Yuan secretary-general Lin Yi-shih’s (林益世) detention by 60 days, starting on Saturday.

A hearing to decide whether Lin’s detention should be extended was held at the district court in the morning, following a request by the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office Special Investigation Division (SID). Prosecutors told the court that while Lin has admitted to receiving NT$63 million (US$2.15 million) from businessman Chen Chi-hsiang (陳啟祥), he claims that the money was a political donation and denies he engaged in corruption.

Prosecutors said Lin’s statement remained at odds with those of his wife, Peng Ai-chia (彭愛佳), and his mother, Shen Juo-lan (沈若蘭), and consequently prosecutors were concerned about the possibility of collusion and destruction of evidence should Lin be released. Peng and Shen were both released on bail after being charged with several crimes in the case.

Prosecutors said that more time was needed for the SID to conduct its investigation and identify possible accomplices in the high-profile case. The court’s decision means that Lin will remain in detention until Oct. 31.

Lin has been accused of accepting a bribe of NT$63 million from Chen, head of Ti Yung Co (地勇選礦公司), a metal-recycling company, to help him secure slag treatment 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.