Taipei pros­e­cu­tors start in­ves­ti­ga­tion into il­le­gally con­structed coun­try club

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY KATHER­INE WEI

The Shilin Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice yes­ter­day con­ducted a probe on the Guizikeng Coun­try Club (

) for its al­leged il­le­gal struc­ture and ques­tioned the club’s owner as well as four of­fi­cials from the Taipei City Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice (TCCMO).

The case caught the at­ten­tion of the pros­e­cu­tors when Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) blasted the club re­cently, say­ing that the club has been torn down for 12 times due to the il­le­gal struc­ture, but af­ter be­ing re­built each time, the club is tak­ing up more and more land.

Based on the pos­si­bil­ity that the club’s con­struc­tion has vi­o­lated the Soil and Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Act, the pros­e­cu­tion di­rected po­lice of­fi­cers and in­ves­ti­ga­tors on six dif­fer­ent routes to search for rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion.

Guizikeng Only One of Many

Cases: Pros­e­cu­tion

The owner of the club, sur­named Chen, was sum­moned to be ques­tioned as a sus­pect, while the four TCCMO per­son­nel were sum­moned as wit­nesses.

Ac­cord­ing to the Shilin Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice, there were many cases of il­le­gal de­for­esta­tion, vi­o­la­tion of the Soil and Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Act and oc­cu­pa­tion of gov­ern­ment-owned land re­cently, and the Guizikeng case has vi­o­lated not only the Soil and Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Act, but also the Build­ing Act.

Team of 60 Searches

Coun­try Club

Af­ter

gath­er­ing

in­for­ma­tion about the case, the Shilin pros­e­cu­tion di­rected the Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion’s Taipei branch and var­i­ous po­lice squads to search the coun­try club, Chen’s res­i­dence as well as the TCCMO.

Rel­e­vant doc­u­ments were seized by the team of 60 pros­e­cu­tors and po­lice.

An­other three peo­ple were sum­moned for ques­tion­ing by the pros­e­cu­tion, but the lat­ter did not clar­ify the iden­tity of the three.

With Chen in­cluded, the eight peo­ple who were ques­tioned in the af­ter­noon were al­legedly sum­moned again for fur­ther ques­tion­ing last night.

The TCCMO said yes­ter­day that the re­port and in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­ce­dure of the il­le­gal struc­ture was spe­cific and clear, and that the of­fice would be co­op­er­at­ing the best it can with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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