The Aviation Police Bureau, harbor police departments and the Seventh Special Police Corps are to join local police forces in cracking down on election-related bribery, Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said yesterday.
Illegal gambling would be the focus of a third wave of bribery-prevention efforts, Hsu said in a report to the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, adding that he would lead the National Police Agency and all police commissioners in taking an oath to keep the nine-in-one elections safe and fair by cracking down on bribery and violence.
In raids on April 5 and April 9, 105 alleged gang members were arrested, a detention rate of 80.7 percent, he said.
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Broadcaster al-Jazeera last month reported that Chinese Unity Promotion Party founder Chang An-le (張安樂), commonly known as the “White Wolf,” is using the party to cover up his gang background, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Hung Chun-yi (洪宗熠) said, asking if the Ministry of the Interior knows about other political parties in similar circumstances.
Hsu said that the Investigation Bureau is looking into at least nine parties with similar backgrounds.
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) said local media reported that the illegal gambling market has placed more than NT$30 billion (US$969.4 million) on election results, some of which is rumored to be from China.
An illegal gambling network with nearly NT$100 million has been stymied, Hsu said.
National Police Agency Director-General Chen Ja-chin (陳家欽) said that his agency has received 360 reports of alleged election-related violence, all of which it investigated immediately.
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A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,