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No Chou appeal yet, officials say

MISSING?Chou Po-lun, who began a six-year sentence for corruption yesterday, said that he has filed an extraordinary appeal, but prosecutors have yet to see it

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chou Po-lun arrives at Hualien Prison yesterday to begin serving a six-year sentence for corruption in connection with the Ronghsing Park development scandal.

PHOTO: YANG YI-CHUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

The State Public Prosecutor-General's Office confirmed yesterday that it had not yet received a request for an extraordinary appeal from former DPP lawmaker Chou Po-lun (周伯倫) on his corruption conviction.

Chou told reporters earlier that he had filed an appeal.

"His request for an extraordinary appeal will be submitted to State Public Prosecutor-General Lu Jen-fa (盧仁發) as soon as we receive it. However, whether to file the appeal is up to Lu," said Yang Shih-chih (楊世智), a spokesman for the State Public Prosecutor-General's Office.

According to the Code of Criminal Procedure, a defendant is allowed to file a request for an extraordinary appeal to the State Public Prosecutor-General's Office after a final verdict is issued by the Supreme Court in its third review of a case.

However, whether to file the extraordinary appeal to the Supreme Court on behalf of a defendant is up to the state public prosecutor-general.

Meanwhile, Chou reported to the Hualien District Prosecutors' Office at 10am yesterday to be processed and sent to jail.

Before he went into the prosecutors' office, he told reporters that he had filed a request for an extraordinary appeal.

After being processed by Prosecutor Huang Lan-ya (黃蘭雅), Chou was sent to the Hualien Prison to begin serving a six-year sentence.

Chou has served as a legislator representing Taipei County since 1993.

He was convicted in connection with the Ronghsing Park development scandal. He was found guilty of accepting NT$16 million from Chiaofu Construction Corp -- the backer of the Ronghsing Park development project -- when he was a Taipei city councilor in 1988.

The Ronghsing Park project involved developing part of a park near the Sungshan Airport into a commercial-residential zone.

Seven former city councilors, including Chou, and six former city government officials were found guilty in connection with the scandal. Most of the others are nearing completion of their jail terms.

On Aug. 3, 2001, the Taiwan High Court sentenced Chou to six years in prison.

Although he said he would give up filing appeals, Chou and co-defendant Chen Chun-yuan (陳俊源) -- a former Taipei City councilor -- lodged another appeal with the Supreme Court on Aug. 25 of that year.

On Jan. 29 the Supreme Court upheld the high court's verdict and made it final.

Chen was scheduled to report to the Taipei District Court at 10am on Feb. 25 to begin serving his five-year jail term.

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