Lawmaker slams gov’t over Alstom probe

The China Post
Date: October 13, 2016
By: Stephanie Chao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The government faced criticism Wednesday for insufficiently investigating

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) speaks at a press conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei City on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Lin criticized the government for slow progress in an investigation into French firm Alstom's use of bribery in Taiwan. (Morgan Lin, The China Post)

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) speaks at a press conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei City on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Lin criticized the government for slow progress in an investigation into French firm Alstom’s use of bribery in Taiwan. (Morgan Lin, The China Post)

charges that French firm Alstom bribed government officials to win business in Taiwan.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) said at a press conference that government agencies had continued to allow Alstom to work on large-scale domestic construction projects, even when the French firm admitted to bribing companies and agencies in Taiwan in 2014, including state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) and Taipei City’s Department of Rapid Transit System.

Large-scale domestic construction projects awarded to the company included Kaohsiung’s Light Rail lines, New Taipei City’s Ankeng Light Rail project, Taipower’s maintenance project for its Dalin factory in Chiayi County and a 2017 renovation of former Taipower factories, Lin said.

In response to Lin’s allegations, Ministry of Justice Agency Against Corruption Chief Secretary Lin Che-hui said that the case is still under investigation.

Lin charged that the case had been allowed to drag on for nearly two years without results. Investigation agencies should immediately list Alstom as a tainted witness in the case and should investigate government officials who accepted bribes from the firm, he said.     [FULL  STORY]

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