Taipei Prison’s festive party
More than 300 foreign inmates at Taipei Prison were given a taste of Christmas yesterday when the Taiwan Expatriates Caring Committee and 65 volunteers threw them an early Christmas party. The volunteers included people from Europe, the US and Southeast Asia as well as clergymen from various religions who have shown concern for the psychological health of the inmates. Prison warden Fang Tzu-chieh (方子傑) expressed his appreciation to volunteers in contributing to Taiwan’s correctional education.Taipei Prison said it currently houses 342 foreign nationals from 25 countries, with the oldest being 75. Most of the inmates from Europe and the US are in jail for narcotics offenses, and several of them are serving life sentences, it said, adding that inmates from Southeast Asian countries were primarily convicted on murder, bodily injury and narcotics charges.
Three admit bribery charges
Three men who conspired with former National Fire Agency head Huang Chi-min (黃季敏) in accepting bribes have already handed over their illegal gains of NT$17.71 million (US$608,500), the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said yesterday. The office said Luo Tsai-chuan (羅財全), a former commissioner at the National Fire Agency, returned NT$1.3 million on Wednesday, while Huang’s elder brother, Huang Wen-chou (黃文宙), and businessman Wang Ching-wu (王經武) each returned NT$8,206,000 the following day. The three admitted to helping Huang Chi-min obtain kickbacks from businesspeople who won contracts. Huang Chi-min, who served as the national fire-fighting chief from 2002 to 2009, was reported to have awarded agency procurement contracts to businesspeople in return for bribes.