KICKBACKS PROBE:The probe into IT procurement contracts is motivated by bad blood between President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, critics said
Date: Jan 20, 2016
By: Jason Pan and Alison Hsiao / Staff reporters
Prosecutors yesterday conducted searches at executive offices of the
Legislative Yuan and detained Legislative Yuan Secretary-General Lin Hsi-shan (林錫山) for questioning as part of an operation by the judiciary to investigate alleged corruption.
The prosecutors seized documents and gathered evidence at 19 locations, while taking in 33 people for questioning.
The investigation is focused on procurement contracts for computer software and hardware, networking system security and telecommunications equipment provided by Far Net Technologies Co (網遠科技), which won a series of public tenders over the past few years.
Including setting up online documentation and information services, as well as an Internet service platform, and providing network security upgrades, Far Net Technologies received close to NT$300 million (US$8.87 million) for the procurement contracts. [FULL STORY]