Cus­toms, health of­fi­cials sus­pected of shield­ing smug­glers of tainted food: agency

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

The Agency Against Cor­rup­tion (AAC, ) yes­ter­day re­vealed that Yang Jun-yuan ( ), an of­fi­cial of the Taipei Cus­toms of Cus­toms Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( ), and Chang En-shuo ( ), an of­fi­cial of the Taoyuan City Depart­ment of Public Health ( ), have al­legedly been cov­er­ing up for mer­chants smug­gling tainted food prod­ucts from Ja­pan and Thai­land into Tai­wan.

The AAC was tipped off yes­ter­day that il­le­gal food prod­ucts have been re­leased onto the mar­ket with sup­port from gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. The AAC then dis­cov­ered that three com­pa­nies have im­ported more than 6,000 kilo­grams of un­li­censed agri­cul­tural prod­ucts into the na­tion, with a to­tal mar­ket value of NT$10 mil­lion. They said that most prod­ucts may have al­ready been con­sumed.

The il­le­gal prod­ucts in­clude seafood from Chiba Pre­fec­ture, Ja­pan, from which the Tai­wanese gov­ern­ment has pro­hib­ited food im­ports due to the nu­clear ra­di­a­tion in the area, as well as drug-tainted live crabs and as­para­gus from Thai­land, ac­cord­ing to the AAC.

Yang and Chang are sus­pected of leak­ing gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion, shield­ing the smug­glers, bribery, forgery, cor­rup­tion, prof­i­teer­ing, mak­ing false cus­toms dec­la­ra­tions, avoid­ing drug tests, and switch­ing unau­tho­rized prod­ucts ahead of in­spec­tions, ac­cord­ing to the AAC.

Pros­e­cu­tors Search Taipei

Cus­toms Of­fice

Zhuo Jun-ji ( ), a pros­e­cu­tor of the New Taipei City Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice ( ), yes­ter­day searched 14 lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the Zhuwei branch of the Taipei Cus­toms Of­fice, as well as com­pany of­fices and the res­i­dences of sus­pected ac­com­plices. Of­fi­cials col­lected rel­e­vant doc­u­ments and ev­i­dence.

A to­tal of 12 sus­pects were sum­moned yes­ter­day to the New Taipei Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice, in­clud­ing Yang, Chang, two other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, Liao En-wei ( ), owner of one of the firms un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, as well as other pos­si­ble sus­pects, said Zhou, who elab­o­rated that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be ex­panded fur­ther.

Yang al­legedly ad­mit­ted that he in­formed Liao of prod­ucts that didn’t meet cus­toms stan­dards so that Liao could pre­pare other prod­ucts to switch with them.

Chang al­legedly ad­mit­ted to help- ing cer­tain mer­chants gain il­licit prof­its, how­ever, he de­nied ac­cept­ing bribes.

In­ves­ti­gate and Pun­ish Ac­cord­ing

to the Law: Cabi­net

Later yes­ter­day, of­fi­cials of the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan stated at a press con­fer­ence that the case was sent to the ACC for in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Cus­toms Ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der the Min­istry of Fi­nance, and that all of­fi­cials in­volved, ei­ther of the Taipei Cus­toms Of­fice or lo­cal health bureau, should be scru­ti­nized ac­cord­ing to the law and pun­ished if any vi­o­la­tions are con­firmed.

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