Pollution, political donation bills pass

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Taipei Times
Date: May 30, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Lawmakers yesterday passed an amendment to Article 190-1 of the Criminal Code,

Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan bangs his gavel at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday to mark the passage of a number of amendments.  Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

which introduced a maximum prison term of seven years and fine of NT$15 million (US$500,200) for companies that pollute the environment.

Under the amendment, people who discard or emit matter that is detrimental to health into the air, soil or water to the point that it jeopardizes public safety faces a maximum prison term of five years and a potential fine of NT$10 million.

If any of the aforementioned actions causes death, the culprit would face a maximum prison term of 10 years, while those who cause others grievous bodily harm would face up to seven years.

Owners, supervisors or employees of businesses that commit the aforementioned crimes would face a maximum prison term of seven years and a fine of up to NT$15 million.

People affiliated with a business whose pollution resulted in loss of life would face a jail term of seven years to life, whereas those that cause grievous bodily harm face a prison term of three to 10 years.

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