Six Taoyuan police officers were detained by judges on suspicion of receiving a bribe from a man on a wanted list and freeing him after they raided an illegal casino in February.
Wu Hsiao-lung (吳小龍), a police officer with the county’s Jhongli Police Station, led five police officers in a raid on an illegal casino in Jhongli City (中壢) on Feb. 2.
The illegal casino was run by alleged gangsters, brothers Wang Chang-fu (王長富) and Wang Chang-fa (王長發), prosecutors said.
Wu and the five police officers, as well as the two Wang brothers, were ordered to be detained by the Taoyuan District Court on Friday. Three other police officers who provided backup during the raid were each released on NT$500,000 (US$17,000) bail.
Taoyuan police authorities also announced on Friday the six officers had been suspended from their posts.
Prosecutors said Liu Chan-yi (劉展譯), a wanted-list member who is a chief suspect in an international fraud ring, was in the casino during the search.
Liu made phone calls to ask various gangster friends help him escape from the scene, prosecutors said. Prosecutors allege Wang Chang-fu, who was in the casino, summoned his older brother, Wang Chang-fa, to the casino. They allege Wang Chang-fa then negotiated with Wu and they agreed to free Liu at a cost of NT$2 million.
Prosecutors allege Liu paid NT$500,000 in cash to police officers at the scene and agreed the remaining NT$1.5 million would be paid in due course.
However, prosecutors said Liu reneged on his agreement to pay the NT$1.5 million to the police officers and he “fled” again from Wu.
Prosecutors said that there were other gamblers in the casino who had witnessed the process and reported the police’s conduct to the Taoyuan police authority.