WITHDRAWAL REJECTED:Architect Cheng Chin-kuei’s wife attempted to withdraw NT$10 million in cash from his Taishin International Bank account, but was rejected
Date: Feb 16, 2016
By: Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with CNA
The Tainan City Government yesterday filed for additional provisional
seizures of NT$220 million (US$6.58 million) in assets and funds belonging to people under investigation in connection with the collapse of the Weiguan Jinlong residential complex, including developer Lin Ming-hui (林明輝) and architects Cheng Chin-kuei (鄭進貴) and Chang Kuei-pao (張魁寶).
The complex — built by now-defunct Weiguan Construction Co (維冠建設) — in the city’s Yongkang District (永康) claimed 114 lives after it collapsed when a magnitude 6.4 quake struck Tainan on Feb. 6. Prosecutors and city officials said Weiguang Construction workers should be held responsible for circumventing safety codes.
Lin — believed to be the former owner of Weiguan Construction — and the two architects were among nine people named in the city’s original NT$30 million provisional seizure request that the Tainan District Court granted, Tainan Department of Legal Affairs Director Siao Bo-ren (蕭博仁) said. [FULL STORY]