Probe tar­gets ac­tivist ac­cused of seiz­ing public funds

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Taipei Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice sum­moned wit­nesses Fri­day in cases in­volv­ing al­leged fraud and em­bez­zle­ment that im­pli­cate so­cial ac­tivist Li­ulin Wei ( ), for­mer CEO of al­ter­na­tive me­dia out­let Watchout Co. ( )

Li­ulin is ac­cused by the Cit­i­zen 1985 Al­liance ( 1985

) to have mis­ap­pro­pri­ated funds to the tune of NT$300,000 (US$9,693) that it raised from dona­tions to a so­cial move­ment call­ing for jus­tice fol­low­ing the death of 24-year-old army Corpo- ral Hung Chung-chiu 2013.

Hung died of heat­stroke af­ter be­ing forced to do stren­u­ous ex­er­cise in a con­fine­ment fa­cil­ity he should not have been in in the first place. The death raised ques­tions of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in the mil­i­tary, sparked mass protests in Tai­wan, led to the pros­e­cu­tion of sev­eral mil­i­tary of­fi­cials and was the cat­a­lyst for ma­jor legal re­forms.

On June 10, Cit­i­zen 1985 took legal ac­tion against Li­ulin, one of the ac­tivist or­ga­ni­za­tion’s found-

(

) in ers, ac­cus­ing him of rais­ing funds in the name of the al­liance with­out au­tho­riza­tion and then seiz­ing the funds for his per­sonal use.

Mean­while, Watchout dis­missed Li­ulin from of­fice June 5 af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that he had re­mit­ted NT$2 mil­lion of public money to his per­sonal bank ac­count with­out au­tho­riza­tion.

Watchout dis­cov­ered the in­ap­pro­pri­ate prac­tice June 1, con­fronted Li­ulin the next day and then de­cided to dis­charge him, even though he re­mit­ted the funds back to the com­pany’s bank ac- count and con­fessed that he made a ma­jor fi­nan­cial mis­take, ac­cord­ing to Lin Tsu-i ( ), new CEO of the In­ter­net me­dia com­pany.

Taipei dis­trict pros­e­cu­tors sum­moned Lin and two other Watchout ex­ec­u­tives for ques­tion­ing Fri­day.

Lin told the press af­ter the ques­tion­ing that the pros­e­cu­tion had asked them about 20 ques­tions, rang­ing from the rea­son Watchout was es­tab­lished, the com­pany’s fi­nan­cial sources, to ques­tions about de­tails of how the com­pany’s funds were used.

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