Taipei fin­ishes probe of cor­rup­tion cases CGC rec­om­mends Taipei Dome al­le­ga­tions be for­warded to MOJ

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Taipei City’s Clean Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee (CGC,

) yes­ter­day con­cluded phased in­ves­ti­ga­tions on Taipei’s five ma­jor cor­rup­tion and mal­prac­tice cases, and sent four cases fur­ther into the in­ves­tiga­tive process.

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) was in at­ten­dance at the fifth meet­ing of the CGC yes­ter­day, which pre­sented the in­ves­tiga­tive rec­om­men­da­tions for the city’s five con­struc­tion cases: the MeHas City ( ) devel­op­ment project, the Song­shan Cul­tural Park (

), the Gate of Taipei con­struc­tion project ( ), the Syn­trend Cre­ative Park ( ) and the Taipei Dome.

Be­fore the meet­ing, pos­si­ble re­sults and sev­eral ru­mors cir­cled in lo­cal me­dia, in­clud­ing talk of the pos­si­bil­ity that the CGC would seek to rec­om­mend the pros­e­cu­tion of for­mer Taipei Mayor Hau Lung- bin ( ) and for­mer Taipei Fi­nance Depart­ment Com­mis­sioner Lee Sush-der ( ).

Be­tween 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., the CGC con­vened and pre­sented the fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions to Ko: The cor­rup­tion and gov­ern- ment mal­prac­tice al­le­ga­tion case sur­round­ing the Taipei Dome should be for­warded to the Min­istry of Jus­tice (MOJ) for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, while the MeHas City, the Song­shan Cul­tural and the Syn­trend Cre­ative Park cases should be de­liv­ered to the Con­trol Yuan for fur­ther prob­ing.

The only case that the CGC cleared of the ne­ces­sity for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions was the Gate of Taipei project, which CGC mem­bers con­demned only for the city gov­ern­ment’s lack of ad­her­ence to proper pro­ce­dures, but found no cause for the case to be pros­e­cuted.

Dur­ing a post-CGC meet­ing press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day evening, Taipei Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-chi ( ) said the five cases are only the be­gin­ning of the CGC’s ser­vice, and the com­mit­tee will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate cases for the Taipei public in the fu­ture. The deputy mayor also said Hau was not talked about dur­ing the meet­ing, but will be ad­dressed in the next meet­ing.

Rea­sons for Fur­ther Gov­ern­ment In­ves­ti­ga­tions

Ex­plained

Dur­ing the process of the CGC meet­ing, the com­mit­tee ex­plained the in­di­vid­ual rea­sons for send­ing four cases for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion by higher gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Of the Taipei Dome case, the CGC said that fol­low­ing the first­case con­clu­sion an­nounce­ment from the last meet­ing, the CGC re­ceived a re­sponse from Lee to clear his name. How­ever, the com­mit­tee has deemed the in­for­ma­tion from Lee to be dif­fer­ent from the dis­cov­ered ev­i­dence, and rec­om­mended the MOJ’s in­volve­ment in the case and that Lee be in­ves­ti­gated.

On the MeHas City case, the CGC im­plored the city to for­ward the case to the Con­trol Yuan, and also bring a fraud law­suit against Ra­dium Life Tech ( ) for shirk­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and cheat­ing the city out of NT$7.7 bil­lion.

The Song­shan Cul­tural Park and Syn­trend Cre­ative Park cases have un­veiled pos­si­ble gov­ern­ment in­volve­ment and mal­prac­tice, the CGC said, which is why the Con­trol Yuan should con­tinue the case to de­ter­mine in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and sub­se­quent pun­ish­ments.

CNA

Taipei Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-chi ( ) speaks to lo­cal press dur­ing the post-Taipei City Clean Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee Meet­ing con­fer­ence, yes­ter­day. Teng said the con­clu­sions of the five cor­rup­tion cases are only the be­gin­ning of the CGC’s ser­vice, and the com­mit­tee will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate cases for the Taipei public in the fu­ture.

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