Incumbent lawmaker suspected of corruption released on bail

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/04/2020
By: Lin Chang-shun and Chung Yu-chen

Legislator Chen Chao-ming (center). CNA photo Dec. 4, 2020

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) Incumbent Legislator Chen Chao-ming (陳超明), who was being detained on suspicion of corruption, has been released on NT$5 million (US$177,302) bail on Friday but is under home detention and barred from leaving the country.

When leaving the Taipei District Court after posting bail, Chen of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) insisted he was innocent and not involved in corruption and said he would offer his side of the story at a press conference at a later date.

Chen, along with Liao Kuo-tung (廖國棟) of the KMT, Su Chen-ching, (蘇震清) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and former New Power Party legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) were indicted for alleged violations of the Anti-Corruption Act in September in a case related to ownership of the Pacific SOGO Department store chain.

Prosecutors alleged that they took bribes from former Pacific Distribution Investment Co. Chairman Lee Heng-lung (李恆隆) to help Lee in his legal battle against the Far Eastern Group over ownership of the department store chain.    [FULL  STORY]

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