Taipei-A former senior official of the Construction and Planning Agency (CPA) was detained late Tuesday and placed incommunicado on suspicion of taking bribes from the Farglory Land Development Co. to secure bids on public construction projects, according to a court ruling.
The Taipei District Court ordered the detention of former CPA Chief Secretary Hung Chia-hung (???) at the request of the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.
The prosecution suspects that Hung accepted bribes from Farglory through a middle man, identified only by the surname Huang (?), to secure bids for the company on several military dependents' village reconstruction projects in Hsinchu County and Taichung between November 2013 and May 2014.
Hung at that time was a section chief of the CPA's urban and rural development division.
The prosecutors office summoned Hung and Huang, along with detained Farglory Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (???), for questioning Tuesday, and decided that both Hung and Huang are under heavy suspicion of having committed major corruption and could collude with each other to fabricate false statements.
Based on this concern, prosecutors filed for their detention.
The district court said Hung and Huang are suspected of violations of the Anti-Corruption Act, which could see them jailed for at least five years, and that based on evidence presented by prosecutors, the duo could very possibly be guilty.
Moreover, one of the suspects has actually confessed the crimes, unlike the other co-accused, the court said.
Chao, founder of the Farglory Group, has been detained since July 1 for his role in allegations of bribery and embezzlement in several public construction cases.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel