Ex-NYC official indicted
A former National Youth Commission (NYC) official was indicted on corruption charges yesterday by the Taipei Prosecutor’s Office on suspicion of fixing competitions and pocketing prizes. Chen Yung-hsuan (陳永璿), confidential secretary of former commission minister Jack Lee (李允傑), and contractor Kai Kuan-yu (蓋冠宇) were both charged with corruption. Prosecutors said Chen, who was responsible for organizing four contests for the commission, falsified the names of more than 200 prize winners and kept the prizes. Chen and Lee have confessed and returned about NT$1 million (US$33,000) and two iPads, prosecutors said. A computer engineer surnamed Yu (余) was also indicted on suspicion of helping Chen enter the commission’s Web site to forge names on the lists of winners. An investigation was launched after Democratic Progressive Party legislators Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) and Liu Chao-hao (劉櫂豪) revealed the scandal in a press conference, with two students from Huafan University saying they had never taken part in the competitions, but that their names appeared on the list of winners.
Renowned cellist to play
Latvian cellist Mischa Maisky is to hold two concerts next month in celebration of his 65th birthday, organizers said on Sunday. Maisky is to perform Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello at the concerts, said The Management of New Arts, which is organizing the shows. The concerts’ audiences will be asked to write birthday wishes to Maisky, who will select 65 people from each concert to receive CDs as gifts. The cellist will perform at the Tainan Municipal Cultural Center on May 21 and at the National Concert Hall in Taipei on May 22.