Taipei--Former opposition Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Alex Tsai (???) was being held incommunicado at the Taipei Detention Center on Wednesday on allegations that he embezzled hundreds of millions of Taiwan dollars from a film making company.
The Taipei District Court ordered Tsai detained early Wednesday morning at the request of district prosecutors, who accused the former lawmaker of embezzling NT$370 million (US$12.2 million) in funds in the late 2000s through a capital reduction of the Taipei-based Central Motion Pictures Corp. (CMPC, ??????).
The court determined that the 63-year-old Tsai was a flight risk and might also collude with accomplices or witnesses to destroy crucial evidence and ordered him detained.
As he stepped into a van taking him to the detention center, Tsai bowed with his palms together to reporters at the courthouse. Asked if he was a victim of political prosecution, he did not answer.
Tsai's lawyer described the court ruling as political prosecution and retaliation and said he would file an appeal.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel