Sat, Nov 24, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Special task-force prosecutors probe election bribery

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

A special investigative team from the Supreme Prosecutors Office is set to take action in three suspected election bribery cases connected to next year's elections.

Special Investigation Task Force director Chen Yun-nan (陳雲南) said three prosecutors handling election bribery cases have collected enough information to warrant further probes into cases in central and southern Taiwan.

This is the first time that the country's top prosecutorial agency has been directly involved in investigating suspected election bribery.

The statute governing the establishment of the Special Investigation Task Force in April authorized it to deal with suspected bribery, rigging or obstruction cases connected to presidential and legislative elections.

Chen's remarks came after media reports said prosecutors met with Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Secretary-General Chien Cheng-shan (錢橙山) on Tuesday to ask if any TSU legislative hopefuls had dropped out after making deals that would benefit themselves or the party.

Prosecutorial sources said Chien was the first political figure to be interviewed over election bribery concerns.

The sources said Chien was not listed as a suspect or a person of interest in any of the investigations. Instead, the sources said prosecutors wanted to gain a better understanding of recent developments in the party.

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