Probed ex-mag­is­trate sues dis­trict pros­e­cu­tor

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

For­mer Changhua Mag­is­trate Cho Po-yuan ( ) de­clared he would file a law­suit against a pros­e­cu­tor of the Changhua Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice, (CDPO,

) Chu Jian-fu ( ), at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan yes­ter­day af­ter­noon ac­cus­ing him of ini­ti­at­ing an un­law­ful search of his res­i­dence and leak­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion to the press af­ter­wards.

Cho is cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions for al­le­ga­tions of money laun­der­ing dur­ing his term of of­fice, though he de­nied all ac­cu­sa­tions against him at a press con­fer­ence ear­lier in March.

Lead­ing the CDPO in­ves­ti­ga­tors yes­ter­day morn­ing, Chu searched Cho’s cur­rent res­i­dence in Nan­tun Dis­trict, Taichung City, his old home in Tianzhong Town­ship (

), Changhua County, his wife Lin Jung-jung’s ( ) of­fice at the Taichung Branch of Tai­wan High Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice (TCB,

), a frozen food fac­tory owned by his fa­ther and also his sis­ter’s home in Taichung.

Ac­cord­ing to the spokesman of TCB, pros­e­cu­tors ar­rived at Lin’s of­fice at around 3 p.m. yes­ter­day and left around 3:30 p.m. Lin showed up at scene and said that she will give her full co­op­er­a­tion to pros­e­cu­tors.

Chu’s Search Un­law­ful: Cho

In re­sponse, Cho held a press con­fer­ence at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan later yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, once again de­nounc­ing all ac­cu­sa­tions, ask­ing pros­e­cu­tors to sum­mon him to court as soon as pos­si­ble to clear his name.

How­ever, re­spond­ing to Chu, he said that “I have no tol­er­ance for pros­e­cu­tors abus­ing their author­ity ... Chu is re­spon­si­ble for leak­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion to the me­dia which was then pub­lished on Feb. 29 and again on March 8.”

Cho said that Chu con­tin­ued to sum­mons him af­ter he re­quested Chu be re­moved from the case on March 4 and March 16. “This is per­se­cu­tion!” said Cho. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials at the CDPO, Cho’s re­quests were de­nied as they do not meet the stan­dards for Chu to be re­cused from the case.

CDPO Goes Low Pro­file

In­ter­ro­ga­tions were car­ried out later, ac­cord­ing to the CDPO, un­cov­er­ing the fact that Lin’s rel­a­tives own a house in Taichung, while the source of the money for pur­chas­ing the house could not be clearly ex­plained. Records show that they trans­ferred NT$50 mil­lion to a bank ac­count in Ja­pan. They were let go on a NT$2 mil­lion bail.

How­ever, ad­dress­ing ma­te­ri­als col­lected from Cho’s homes and Lin’s of­fice yes­ter­day and fur­ther de­tails of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, of­fi­cials at the CDPO de­clined to com­ment on the case as it is cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

For­mer Changhua Mag­is­trate Cho Poyuan ( ) yes­ter­day in Taipei ac­cus­ing the Changhua Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice ( ) of il­le­gal search and its lead­ing pros­e­cu­tor Chu Jian-fu ( ) of leak­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion to the press.

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