Senior police officers were charged with corruption by Banciao prosecutors yesterday for their alleged involvement in an illegal gambling business.
Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) chief secretary Hsu Jui-shan (許瑞山) was indicted and prosecutors have requested a 15-year sentence.
The five other officers charged are Cheng Fu-chen (鄭富禎), a section chief with the bureau’s 4th Investigation Brigade; Huang Wen-tsun (黃文圳), a section chief with the bureau’s 9th Investigation Brigade; CIB corruption department director Tsai Tung-cheng (蔡東成); and New Taipei City (新北市) police officers Hu Hsien-an (胡憲安) and Chen Hung-che (陳弘哲).
Hsu Jui-shan’s wife, Huang Kuei-chun (黃桂春), former journalist Wang Pao-hsien (王保憲) and the illegal casino’s manager Hsu Ming-hsiang (徐明祥) were also indicted in the case.
Prosecutors said Hsu Jui-shan and Cheng were suspected of having invested in Hsu Ming-hsiang’s underground casino in New Taipei City. Huang Wen-tsun and Tsai reportedly gambled at the casino on several occasions.
Prosecutors said New Taipei City police officers knew the casino was frequented by senior police officers and those officers often stayed there, so they did not investigate and raid the underground gambling den.
Prosecutors added that Hsu Jui-shan allegedly threatened police officers in New Taipei City not to investigate the casino.
New Taipei City police officers Hu and Chen, both of whom had been ordered to crack down on the casino in their district, instead went there to gamble and took bribes from the casino’s manager, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said that apart from allegedly breaking the law, the police officers had also jeopardized the reputation of the police force.