Jailed ex-transportation minister to be released on medical parole

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/01/15
By Paige Tsai and Y.F. Low

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) The Ministry of Justice on Friday approved a request for medical parole by former Minister of Transportation and Communications Kuo Yao-chi (郭瑤琪), who is serving an eight-year sentence for corruption.

The decision was made in consideration of Yao’s bout with cancer and need to receive chemotherapy, the Agency of Corrections under the ministry said.

Kuo was convicted Dec. 5, 2013 for accepting US$20,000 in bribe money from a contractor of the Taipei Main Station project when she was serving as minister of transportation and communications in 2006.

Kuo began her eight-year sentence at Taoyuan Women’s Prison in January 2014.

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