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Prosecutors search Nantou chief's office, residence

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Nantou prosecutors yesterday searched the Nantou County Government building and the residence of county commissioner Lee Chao-ching (李朝卿) as part of a corruption investigation.

Prosecutors said more than 20 Nantou county officials were summoned for questioning yesterday following the raid.

Several businessmen who have won construction projects from the county were also interviewed by prosecutors.

The questioning was ongoing as of press time.

Five prosecutors and agents from the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau launched the raids in 10 locations early yesterday morning.

Lee’s office and residence were the main focus of the search, prosecutors said, adding that they had seized a number of documents.

Lee is a member of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

Prosecutors said they suspected Lee and other officials had rigged a number of public bids for construction projects in the county in 2006.

They were suspected of leaking confidential information about the bids to certain businessmen before the bids took place, prosecutors said.

The officials were also suspected of receiving kickbacks from businessmen as they gave several of the county’s senior residents gifts during last year’s Double Nine Festival, a lunar holiday during which people pay their respects to the elderly.

Prosecutors said they did not summon Lee for questioning yesterday, but they would interview him soon.

Lee told reporters yesterday that the county administration was clean, but he would cooperate with prosecutors in the investigation.

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