The Taiwan High Court yesterday found Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) not guilty of embezzlement, although prosecutors can appeal the decision.
Ker, who was sentenced to six months in prison in earlier trials, was accused of falsifying a deal and pocketing NT$12 million (US$400,000) while general manager of Formosa Telecom in 1997.
Yesterday’s ruling said the NT$12 million was a loan from the company, that the company still claims the debt and its interests were not jeopardized by the loan.
In other news, the retrial for former Taiwan Sugar Corp (Taisugar) chairman Wu Nai-jen (吳乃仁) and former DPP legislator Hong Chi-chang (洪奇昌) began yesterday at the Taiwan High Court’s Greater Taichung branch.
Hong was sentenced on March 13 to two years and four months in prison, while Wu, a former DPP secretary-general, received a term of three years and 10 months after the Taichung branch upheld their conviction in a case involving the sale of property belonging to Taisugar in the then-Taichung County in 2003.
Wu was accused of giving in to Hong’s lobbying for Chun Lung Co, a property developer, to ensure that it won the right to purchase a plot of land it was renting from Taisugar. The court ruled that Wu had violated Taisugar’s “rent only” policy on its properties.