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Crackdown on 'black gold' nets 878 in one week

ORGANIZED CRIME Tang Fei, during a meeting with other key Cabinet members, vowed to implement further measures to fight corruption in Taiwan

STAFF WRITER

According to the Criminal Investigation Bureau, (刑事警察局) police arrested 64 gangsters and another 814 criminal offenders during the first week of the new government's crackdown on "black gold."

Among those arrested was Yu Lien-fa, (尤連發) an elected civil servant from Tungshan township in Tainan County, (台南東山鄉) who reportedly used his position to force contractors to buy his concrete for public construction projects.

Premier Tang Fei (唐飛) yesterday summoned Minister of the Interior Chang Po-ya (張博雅) and Minister of Justice Chen Ting-nan (陳定南) to review plans to tackle the "black gold" issue.

During the meeting, Chen said that a special center will be established by the State Public Prosecutor General's Office under the Supreme Court (最高檢察署) to lead the fight against "black gold."

Chen confirmed that the new organization will be operational very soon.

"We will not only `swat flies' but `fight against tigers,'" Chen said, vowing to take tough measures against organized crime.

Chen said the Ministry of Justice will also offer a proposal to the Executive Yuan in one month to suggest necessary amendments to related legislation.

Chen said an amendment to the Money Laundering Control Law (洗錢防制法) will ask depositors to fill out a report whenever they withdraw a large sum of money from a bank.

The proposal also suggests amendments to the Public Functionary Assets Disclosure Law (公職人員財產申報法) and the Civil Service Law (公務員服務法) obliging civil servants to declare their income, property, and any gifts they receive.

Other legal amendments, including punishments for bribing foreign civil servants and regulations governing the organization of the justice ministry will be used as a foundation for the ministry to establish an anti-corruption administration (廉政署).

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