SAFETY PASS?Seven inspectors are suspected of accepting Formosa Fun Coast entrance tickets, hotel vouchers and gift checks in exchange for safety approval
Date: Jul 30, 2015
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Seven New Taipei City inspectors are being investigated over allegations they received bribes
from the proprietors of the Formosa Fun Coast (八仙海岸) water park in exchange for a safety inspection pass, which prosecutors said might have been a contributing factor to the June 27 powder explosion disaster at the site.
The seven officials were yesterday summoned for questioning at Taipei’s Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office to verify the details of the safety inspection conducted at the water park on June 18 — 10 days before the explosion and the resulting fire that injured 495 people.
Prosecutors are looking into possible charges of corruption, dereliction of duty and receiving improper benefits, amid allegations that each inspector received water park entrance tickets and hotel vouchers, in addition to about NT$20,000 in gift coupons. [FULL STORY]