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Prosecutor altered time of arrest: bar association

PAPERWORK:A lawyer for a Hualien police officer said his client was held too long before a hearing and the prosecutor later admitted to changing the documents

By Rich Chang  /  Staff Reporter

Representatives from the Taiwan Bar Association speak at a press conference yesterday during which they alleged that Hualien District Prosecutor Wu Wen-cheng had falsified detention documents.

Photo: Liu Chih-yuan, Taipei Times

The Taiwan Bar Association yesterday said a Hualien district prosecutor falsified documents pertaining to the detention of a Hualien police officer who was charged with corruption.

Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Shou-huang (陳守煌) later told a press conference the ministry had launched an investigation into the prosecutor’s actions.

The association made the accusation against Hualien District Prosecutor Wu Wen-cheng (吳文正) at a press conference.

Attorney Lin Kuo-tai (林國泰) said Wu was investigating a corruption case involving a number of Hualien police officers who were alleged to have received bribes from several gambling video game shops in Hualien County.

Following a detention request from Wu, the Hualien District Court last month ordered the detention of 12 Hualien police officers, Lin said.

Lin said that according to a legal document, one police officer — his client — was detained for more than 24 hours before he was sent to district court for a detention hearing, which was a violation of the Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法), because 24 hours is the maximum period of detention by law before a hearing must be held .

Lin alleged that four days later, as he was preparing to appeal the dentition ruling with the Hualien Branch of the Taiwan High Court, Wu contacted him by telephone and told him he had falsified the time of arrest of Lin’s client in legal documents to show that the police officer was detained for less than 24 hours before going to a hearing.

Lin alleged that Wu had told him that if he filed an appeal against the detention ruling, Wu would send him to the Taiwan High Court’s Attorney Disciplinary Committee for violations of the Attorney Regulation Act (律師法).

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