FOUR YEARS:The prosecution sentenced the Ting Hsin executive and 11 others, while it said Wei Chuan Foods general manager Chang Chiao-hua was not guilty
Date: Mar 26, 2016
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Senior Ting Hsin International Group (頂新集團) executive Wei Ying-chun (魏應充) was found
guilty of defrauding consumers and breaching food safety laws and given a four-year jail term by the Taipei District Court in a first-round ruling yesterday.
The court also ordered Wei Chuan Foods Corp (味全食品), a subsidiary of Ting Hsin, to pay a NT$15.5 million (US$473,051) fine, while Wei Chuan Foods general manager Chang Chiao-hua (張教華) was found not guilty.
Chang was the only one of 13 defendants to escape punishment, with 11 other company employees, excluding Wei, found guilty and sentenced to prison terms ranging from five months to 46 months, most of which can be commuted to fines.
Wei’s lawyer Yu Ming-hsien (余明賢) said they would appeal his sentence.
“We regret this ruling and we cannot accept it… We believe Wei Chuan employees undertook their work by following the rules and did not break the law. We will appeal the ruling to fight for not-guilty rulings for Wei Chuan employees,” Yu said.
Legal professionals said Wei and his company got off lightly. [FULL STORY]