Immigration official detained
A National Immigration Agency (NIA) official was detained by prosecutors on Wednesday on allegations of extortion during the investigation of a suspected illegal migrant worker. The official, surnamed Wen (溫), is accused of demanding NT$10,000 from an Indonesian worker and NT$20,000 from her employer, purportedly to pay for the employee’s deportation, the Investigation Bureau said. Wen was not authorized to collect money from either the worker or her employer, the bureau said. The matter came to light in May when the Taipei City Field Office of the Investigation Bureau arrested the Indonesian woman on charges of overstaying and working illegally in Taiwan. Prosecutors said 40 foreign resident permits were found in Wen’s house in Keelung and at his Hsinchu office. The investigators said they would trace Wen’s cash flow to try to determine whether he had extorted money from other migrant workers.
Yunlin to open bridge
The Yunlin County Government has announced plans to open a steel bridge across the Beigang River (北港溪) to help tourists reach all the historical sites in the county, as part of its efforts to promote this year’s Agriculture Exposition. Yunlin County Commissioner Su Chi-fen (蘇治芬) said the 113m-long bridge would be opened along with two other bridges by the end of this year, ahead of the year-end exposition. Su said the Beigang bridge would help introduce the area’s cultural heritage — historical sites, unique houses, temples and traditional art forms — by providing improved access for tourists. The exposition, which will be held from Dec. 25 through March 6 next year, is aimed at raising awareness about environmentally friendly farming practices.