By: Huang Chao-yu and Maubo Chang
Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Former Keelung Council speaker Huang Ching-tai (黃景泰) was kept in detention Monday after he failed to put up NT$20 million (US$595,729) in bail set by the Keelung District Court for his release.
Huang, who was indicted for embezzlement Dec. 26, has been detained since Set. 4, 2014. The Keelung District Court, which is in charge of his trial, granted his request for bail to take part in the funeral of his father Tuesday, but he could not pay up the amount set by the court for his bail.
Huang’s lawyer Chen Ming-hui dismissed as “unreasonable ” the NT$20 million required for the bail, which is much higher than the NT$9.1 million public funds Huang was accused of appropriating in office. [FULL STORY]