Lawmaker accused of taking bribes released on NT$1 million bail

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/03/2020
By Lin Chang-shun and Joseph Yeh

Chao Cheng-yu/ CNA photo Aug. 2

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) The Taipei District Court rejected late Sunday a prosecutors' request to detain independent lawmaker Chao Cheng-yu (趙正宇) in a bribery case and instead ordered him released on NT$1 million bail.

The court, however, did approve a request to have Chao's office chief Lin Chia-chi (林家騏) detained and held incommunicado, following a court hearing.

Unhappy with the court's ruling, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said it has filed an appeal to the Taiwan High Court over the lower court's ruling to free Chao.

The High Court will consider the appeal based on documents submitted by the prosecutors through the Taipei District Court, but as of the end of Monday, it had yet to receive the filings.

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