By: Chiu Chun-chin and Ted Chen
Taipei, May 29 (CNA) The Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office on Friday charged 8
suspects including Wu Shang-chen (吳尚城), former head of the Xinwu branch of the Taoyuan Fire Department, for violation of the Anti-Corruption Act for tampering with safety inspections leading to the death of 6 firefighters in January.
Six firefighters perished in the line of duty on Jan. 20 while responding to a fire at a bowling center in the coastal Xinwu District of Taoyuan City.
The defendants include Wu, 5 other firefighters and 2 local government officials.
Investigators discovered that fire safety inspectors had recorded several inadequacies during routine inspections at the bowling center in March and May of 2011. However, at the request of Wu and a number of other firefighters, these shortcomings were expunged from the record. [FULL STORY]