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Prosecutors rethink move to detain Yu Cheng-hsien

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Prosecutors yesterday said they were considering whether to withdraw a request to detain former minister of the interior Yu Cheng-hsien (余政憲) after Yu indicated he was willing to testify against other potential defendants over corruption allegations related to the construction of the Nangang Exhibition Center.

“We may release him in the near future,” said Lin Chin-chun (林錦村), spokesman for the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.

Yu has been in detention since Oct. 15, when he was arrested at Kaohsiung Airport as he was about to board a flight bound for Macau.

Wu was arrested after prosecutors from the Supreme Prosecutor Office’s Special Investigation Panel, which is conducting a probe into money-laundering allegations against the former first family, discovered that Rich Group president Kuo Chuan-ching (郭銓慶), a defendant in the case, may have bribed the former first family to help his company win bids for major government construction projects.

An investigation by the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office found that during construction of the Nangang Exhibition Center, Kuo bribed the first family using Yu as an intermediary.

Kuo’s confession resulted in Yu being named as a defendant in the case. Kuo was released, but is listed as a defendant.

Lin said prosecutors were working on the details concerning the withdrawal of Yu’s detention order, but another possibility was that Yu will be released on bail.

No decision has been made, he said.

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