Gary Wang could be released on bail

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Tue, Feb 10, 2009 - Page 3

Former Eastern Multimedia Group chairman Gary Wang (王令麟) could be released on bail as early as today after the Taiwan High Court yesterday asked the district court to rehear the detention request against him.

“We will rehear his detention request today at the soonest,” said Huang Chun-ming (黃俊明), spokesman for the Taipei District Court.

District Judges detained Wang incommunicado after a hearing on Jan. 21 in which they heard evidence from the Bureau of Investigation’s (BOI) Penghu branch that Wang was trying to flee to China via Penghu.

The Taiwan High Court yesterday granted the appeal by Wang’s lawyers against his detention.

High Court judges said that the detention request should not have been granted since the district court judges did not talk to Wang in court.

In addition, the evidence the BOI acted on was weak and there was insufficient evidence that Wang was actually trying to escape.

Chi Chen-nan (紀鎮南), one of Wang’s lawyers, said that he was confident that Wang would be released with or without bail.

“The bureau’s tip off was largely based on speculation. If that proves to be the case, it will not be persuasive enough to detain Wang,” Chi said.