ON THE RUN:Critics said the ruling came too late, as Ho Chi-hui and his wife have already fled to China in 2010, after being entangled in bribery and graft allegations
Date: Jan 02, 2016
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The High Court on Thursday upheld a guilty verdict against former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Miaoli County commissioner and legislator Ho Chi-hui (何智輝) on corruption charges and handed Ho a 13-year prison term, while ordering him to pay back NT$52 million (US$1.57 million) in illegally gained profits.
Legal experts and critics said the litigation had dragged on for too long, and that the decision came too late, because Ho and his wife, Wang Su-yun (王素筠), who is also a former KMT legislator facing corruption charges, had already fled to China in 2010.
Ho was found guilty of receiving kickbacks on an industrial park development project in Tongluo Township (銅鑼) of Miaoli County, during his tenure as the county commissioner from 1993 to 1997.
Thursday’s decision came at the end of a third retrial at the High Court and the ruling can be appealed. [FULL STORY]