The Special Investigation Division (SID) of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office yesterday filed an appeal with the Taiwan High Court over the case of former Executive Yuan secretary-general Lin Yi-shih (林益世).
The Taipei District Court last month sentenced Lin to seven years and four months in prison for accepting NT$63 million (US$2.13 million) from a contractor.
The court said even though Lin broke the law by using his position to threaten people for money and held property from unidentified sources, he had not violated the Anti-Corruption Act (貪汙治罪條例). As a result, Lin’s wife, Peng Ai-chia (彭愛佳), his mother, Shen Juo-lan (沈若蘭), and two uncles were acquitted of money laundering charges.
However, anger and bewilderment over what critics said was a comparatively light sentence for Lin prompted many to take to the Internet to vent their frustration.
SID spokesman John Chang (張進豐) told a press conference that Lin used his position to demand bribes, which is a violation of the Anti-Corruption Act.
Chang added that the district court’s ruling that Lin’s lobbying of China Steel executives did not conflict with his responsibilities as a legislator, thus exonerating him of violating corruption laws, contradicts similar cases decided by the Supreme Court.
The indictment said Lin helped Ti Yung Co secure a slag treatment contract from a China Steel Corp subsidiary in 2010, when he was a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator, in return for NT$63 million from Ti Yung owner Chen Chi-hsiang (陳啟祥).
Prosecutors said that after Lin was appointed Cabinet secretary-general last year, he demanded NT$83 million from Chen.
When Chen refused to pay, Lin pressured China Steel to stop supplying slag to Ti Yung, the indictment said.