Wed, Jan 15, 2014 - Page 4 News List

Miaoli commissioner Liu questioned about mansion

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Taipei prosecutors yesterday questioned Miaoli County Commissioner Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) on suspicion of involvement in the case in which his brother has been accused of illegally occupying public land on Yangmingshan (陽明山).

Liu was questioned for about one hour before he was released without bail.

He told the press outside the district prosecutors’ office that prosecutors questioned him about matters concerning the Company Act (公司法).

Liu Cheng-hung denied he knew that his bother, Liu Cheng-chih (劉政池), had allegedly illegally owned a mansion in Taipei’s Yangmingshan (陽明山).

According to the Shihlin District Prosecutors’ Office, Liu Cheng-hung’s questioning revolved around the Company Act, because Liu Cheng-chih’s family opened a company and the mansion was registered as the company’s property. Liu Cheng-hung is the former owner of the company and prosecutors said they suspected he knew of the construction of the mansion.

In November last year, prosecutors raided Liu Cheng-chih’s mansion on Yangmingshan and found a 210m-long basement after digging around the area. The cellar — as large as a full-sized basketball court — was formed out of 12 large shipping containers (each 16.15m in length, 2.44m in width and 2.59m high), with one of the containers serving as the entrance.

Liu Cheng-chih was released on NT$3 million (US$100,000) bail on Nov. 15 after the Shihlin District Court rejected prosecutors’ application to have him detained.

Liu Cheng-chih’s daughters, Liu Kuan-ting (劉冠廷) and Liu Kuan-yu (劉冠余), were released on bail of NT$1 million and NT$2 million respectively.

Prosecutors said Liu Cheng-chih and his families were charged with illegally seizing and using national property.

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