By: Tsai Pei-chi, Huang Kuo-fang and Kay Liu
Taipei, Jan. 28 (CNA) Chiayi County Magistrate Chang Hwa-kuan (張花
冠) was handed a not-guilty verdict in a bribery case brought against her as the Supreme Court made a final ruling on Thursday, rejecting prosecutors’ appeal.
Chang, who was found not guilty of the corruption charges in the two previous trials, had been accused of taking bribes of NT$30 million (US$0.89 million), in the form of loans, between 2005 and 2006 when she was a legislator.
The money, according to prosecutors, was paid by businessman Pan Chung-hao (潘忠豪) to Chang, so she could help secure loans and push through land registration works.
The lower courts ruled in favor of Chang on the ground that prosecutors had failed to prove the payments were made for the alleged purpose. [FULL STORY]