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Prosecutors clear former Fiji envoy in corruption case

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday closed its investigation into allegations of corruption against former representative to Fiji Victor Chin (秦日新) and decided not indict him.

Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to prove that Chin, who served as representative to Fiji from 2010 to July last year, had engaged in corruption.

Chin was accused of misappropriating government money to fund an extramarital affair with a Japanese diplomat and of claiming allowances and tuition subsidies intended for families of diplomats posted abroad, when both his wife and daughter were at home in Taiwan while he was posted in Fiji.

Prosecutors said documents from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs showed Chin did not take allowances and tuition subsidies of US$20,790 as alleged.

Taipei prosecutor Huang Pei-yu (黃珮瑜) went to Fiji with an investigation team to interview people related to the case, but they did not find evidence to prove Chin misappropriated government money.

Chin was alleged to have purchased four pearl necklaces with diplomatic funds and to have given them to the Fijian president and other senior government officials as gifts, as well as one to the Japanese diplomat.

Prosecutors said the Fiji Representative Office searched Chin’s residence and office in Fiji, finding five pearl necklaces. However, prosecutors were unable to determine whether Chin had engaged in embezzlement.

Prosecutors said they did not interview the Japanese diplomat because they had no legal right to summon her for questioning.

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