The Taipei District Court yesterday ordered the detention of a female prosecutor from the Taiwan High Court’s Prosecutors’ Office on suspicion of corruption.
The district court said prosecutor Chen Yu-chen (陳玉珍) was being kept in custody on suspicion that she had received bribes from businessman Shih Yung-hua (施永華) — who is believed to be running an illegal electronic gaming casino in New Taipei City (新北市) — to help to cover up his illegal business.
The district court said that Chen was suspected of taking bribes and receiving special benefits, such as meals in luxury restaurants and overseas trips, between 2000 and 2003. Judges ordered her detention because there was a chance Chen might collaborate on her statement with others or flee the country, the district court said.
Special Investigation Division (SID) spokesman Chen Hung-ta (陳宏達) said that after a one-year investigation, SID prosecutors searched Chen Yu-chen’s office and residences on Nov. 3 and seized a number of documents.
Chen Hung-ta said that because prosecutors obtained pieces of key evidence, Chen Yu-chen was summoned for questioning on Monday.
The spokesman said Chen Yu-chen was suspected of receiving tens of millions of New Taiwan dollars from Shih as he tried to keep his illegal business running.
Chen Hung-ta said Chen Yu-chen’s bank accounts have been frozen. The spokesman added that Chen Yu-chen denied any involvement in the bribery scandal, saying Shih has tried to smear her.
Chen Yu-chen has been suspended from her job.