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Taiwan Quick Take: Former prosecutor gets life

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

Hsu Wei-yu (徐維嶽), a former Yunlin County prosecutor, was yesterday given a life sentence by the Yunlin District Court for taking advantage of his position to extort money. The punishment was the most severe yet meted out to a member of the judiciary for corruption. Last year, Hsu, who led a probe into baseball game-fixing, was himself indicted for betting on the games, together with 16 others, including police officers and his own relatives. Hsu, who had been detained since last September but was released on bail two months ago, was also charged with another four cases of corruption. Hsu and his lawyer were not in court for the reading of the verdict. Hsu told the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister paper) that he was very disappointed with the judgment and would appeal. Chi Wen-sheng (紀文勝), a spokesman for the Yunlin District Court, said Hsu's family members had assisted him to extort money from both complainants and defendants in cases that he handled. "Hsu's elder brother Hsu Pao-yan (徐寶巖) and his wife were both given twelve-year prison sentences, and Hsu's other brother was given a 10-year prison sentence," Chi said.

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