Fri, Feb 09, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Aviation official indicted over compensation policy


Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) Director Billy Chang (張國政) was indicted for corruption and forging documents in connection with a noise pollution compensation scheme for householders near Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, prosecutors said yesterday.

The Taoyuan District Prosecutors' Office said it would seek a seven-year jail term for Chang. Another 28 people were indicted, 10 of whom were CAA officials, prosecutors said.

Chang responded to the indictment with surprise, saying he had no intention to make money for himself or others.

Chang said he would comment again after reading the indictment.

The policy of compensating homes started in 1992, with households receiving NT$40,000 to NT$160,000 to install noiseproof windows, doors and walls, as well as air-conditioning.

Taoyuan prosecutors suspect that kickbacks were involved during compensation payouts.

They found that the CAA had helped more than 400 homes in Taoyuan County's Chienhua (建華) Village in Tayuan Township (大園) to move to Kueishan Township (龜山), but that noiseproof equipment was installed first.

Prosecutors suspect contractors installed the units without internal components, then took photos of them to apply for the cash.

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