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Ex-KMT lawmaker faints on eve of start of jail term

FAINTLY ODD:Lin Chin-chun is to start serving a sentence today, but was in the hospital yesterday after passing out. Officials say he will be arrested if faking it

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

A former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator due to to start serving a two-and-a-half year prison term today was sent to a hospital for treatment yesterday after reportedly fainting.

Lin Chin-chun (林進春), 65, was a KMT legislator between 1999 and 2005.

During his tenure as chairman of the China Container Terminal Cooperation in 2001, Lin was charged with misappropriating more than NT$300 million (US$10 million) in company funds to buy reclaimed land in Changhua County, causing the company to incur a NT$65 million loss.

Lin was charged with violating the Securities and Exchange Act (證券交易法) and the Supreme Court last month ruled to uphold a Taiwan High Court verdict sentencing Lin to two-and-a-half years in prison.

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said it had informed Lin that he must report to prosecutors today to start serving his term, but Lin lost consciousness in his home and was sent to Show Chwan Hospital in Changhua County for emergency treatment.

Prosecutors added that the hospital said Lin was currently in its intensive care unit.

The district prosecutors’ office said it hoped Lin would report as required, but that it would let doctors evaluate whether he is fit to start serving his sentence.

The office added that if Lin is found to have been feigning illness, he would be arrested and escorted to the prison.

The hospital yesterday declined to comment on Lin’s condition.

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