Court acquits academic of graft

‘LEARNING PROCESS’: Wong Chi-huey said that the false allegations had damaged the reputations of Academia Sinica, and other esteemed institutions and companies

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 29, 2018
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

The Shilin District Court yesterday acquitted former Academia Sinica president Wong

Shilin District Court Chief Judge Li Shih-hua speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: CNA

Chi-huey (翁啟惠) of corruption charges in connection with OBI Pharma Inc (浩鼎), with Wong saying that he hopes the verdict would “mark a definitive closure to all the confusion and harms done.”

The Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office in 2016 started investigating allegations that Wong had received 3,000 OBI Pharma shares from company chairman Michael Chang (張念慈), allegedly in exchange for helping the company obtain Academia Sinica’s research results on enzyme synthesis techniques.

In May 2016, then-president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) approved the resignation of Wong, who began his term in October 2006.

Prosecutors in January last year indicted Wong and Chang under the Anti-Corruption Act (貪污治罪條例).    [FULL  STORY]

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