Taipei prosecutors start investigation into illegally constructed country club
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
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
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.