Tue, Jun 29, 2010 - Page 3 News List

Nine Taipei officers indicted for bribes from illegal casinos

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Banciao prosecutors yesterday indicted nine Taipei police officers for corruption, accusing them of attempting to cover-up for illegal casinos.

The officers were from the Daan, Zhongshan and Nangang precincts.

Prosecutors asked for a 20-year sentence for Wei Chun-ming (魏俊銘), former chief of Nangang Precinct's Criminal Investigation Team, saying he tried to deceive investigators after he became aware that they were monitoring his cellphones.

Wei tried to lead investigators to believe that he was set up by other people and was clean.

They also asked for sentences of between 11 and 15 years for the other eight officers.

Prosecutors said that suspected gangsters Chou Chang-hua (周長華), Hsieh Yun-lung (謝雲龍) and others had since 2008 opened several illegal casinos in Taipei and bribed officers from the three precincts to avoid being raided.

They added that TV producer Lee Tien-yung (李典勇) also knew the casino operators and had even introduced them to others to encourage them to gamble at these underground establishments.

They fined Lee NT$100,000 and deferred his prosecution.

This was the second corruption case involving Taipei police this year. In May, four Taipei police officers, along with several operators of illegal casinos, were brought to court for bribery.

An anonymous Taipei police officer said that corrupt police commonly seek money from illegal casinos and hostess bars, adding that the latest revelation was no surprise.

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