Probed ex-magistrate sues district prosecutor
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.