Ex-Academia Sinica head may face life sentence on revised charges

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/03/22
By: Yu Kai-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, March 22 (CNA) Prosecutors in an alleged corruption case against Former Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-huey (翁啟惠) said Wednesday that they were seeking to revise the charges, which could lead to a life sentence if Wong is convicted.

In a preliminary hearing at Shilin District Court in Taipei, prosecutors filed an application to change the charges, citing two distinctions in the act of bribery as defined in the Anti-Corruption Act.

Wong was first charged with accepting bribes to carry out an action within the scope of his authority.

However, prosecutors on Wednesday sought a revision to the charge, saying that Wong in fact had been bribed into using his position to persuade others to carry out an action.

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