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Former legislature official indicted

Staff writer, with CNA

Former Legislative Yuan secretary-general Lin Hsi-shan, in green jacket, is escorted from the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday.

Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Former Legislative Yuan secretary-general Lin Hsi-shan (林錫山) and 12 others were yesterday indicted for alleged irregularities in the procurement of computers for the legislature over a six-year period.

After a nearly four-month investigation, the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said Lin received NT$39.5 million (US$1.22 million) in kickbacks for helping Farnet Technologies Co secure contracts for the supply of computers.

Farnet won 33 contacts from the legislature between 2011 and last year, and it was usually the lone bidder, prosecutors said.

Also indicted were Lin’s wife, Liu Hsin-wei (劉馨蔚); Chen Lu-sheng (陳露生), a former section chief at the legislature’s Information Technology Office; Farnet Technologies chairman Lee Pao-cheng (李保承); six legislative staffers and four Farnet employees.

The investigation was launched after prosecutors received a tip in 2013 alleging that Lin had been taking kickbacks from the company.

Lin was legislative secretary-general from February 1999 to Jan. 31 this year, the day before a new legislature was seated.

He had represented Changhua County as a legislator from 1990 to 1999, before former legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) tapped him for the position.

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