Prosecutors say Lin Chin-chun to start jail time soon

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Tue, Jan 29, 2013 - Page 3

Taipei prosecutors yesterday said they will soon tell former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Lin Chin-chun (林進春) to report to the authorities to start serving his prison sentence, following the improvement of his physical condition after he reportedly fainted last week.

Lin, 65, who served as a KMT legislator between 1999 and 2005, reportedly fainted on Monday at his home, a day before he was due to start serving a two-and-a-half year prison term.

Taipei prosecutors said Lin was taken to Show Chwan Hospital in Changhua County to receive treatment and had been transferred to a normal ward after spending time in an intensive care unit.

Prosecutors added that the hospital had reported that Lin’s condition had improved, meaning that the ex-legislator will soon be fit to start serving his sentence.

During his tenure as chairman of the China Container Terminal Cooperation in 2001, Lin was charged with misappropriating more than NT$300 million (US$10 million at current exchange rates) in company funds to buy reclaimed land in Changhua County, causing the company to incur a NT$65 million loss.

Lin was charged with violating the Securities and Exchange Act (證券交易法) and the Supreme Court last month ruled to uphold a Taiwan High Court verdict sentencing him to two-and-a-half years in prison.

Prosecutors had said that if Lin was found to have been feigning his illness, he will be arrested and escorted to prison immediately.