Ex-Keelung council speaker released on NT$20 mil. bail
Taipei, April 21 ( CNA) Former Keelung Council Speaker Huang Ching- tai ( ) was released early Tuesday on NT$ 20 million ( US$ 595,000) bail, just in time to attend his father’s funeral later in the day.
Huang had been detained since Sept. 5, 2014 as he faced bribery allegations related to public works and land development projects and allegations that he embezzled council funds for personal use. He was formally indicted on the charges on Dec. 26, 2014.
Despite initially insisting on his innocence, he confessed to pocketing NT$ 6.75 million in council funds when he last appeared in court earlier this month.
Huang was released only after relatives and supporters scrambled to gather the bail money overnight, said Huang Ching- nan, the younger brother of the former speaker.
As soon as he was released, Huang went to pay his last respects to his father, who died of multiple organ failure on April 9 at the age of 84.
Huang, 49, was originally the ruling Kuomintang's nominee in the race for Keelung mayor last year, but his political fortunes took a dramatic turn in July 2014 when the KMT revoked the nomination after the bribery allegations surfaced and his public support rating plunged.
He was subsequently stripped off his party membership for insisting on running as an independent.
The election, held on Nov. 29, was eventually won by Lin Youchang ( ) , the first Democratic Progressive Party politician to win a Keelung mayoral election since 2001.
Huang finished third in the race with 16.26 percent of the vote.