Min­istry of Jus­tice re­turns Taipei Dome case to Taipei City Gov­ern­ment

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY ENRU LIN

The Min­istry of Jus­tice (MOJ,

) yesterday re­turned the Taipei Dome ( ) and Me­HAS City (

) cases to the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment with­out re­view.

Taipei City’s Clean Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion ( ) had sent the Taipei Dome and Me­HAS City cases to the ju­di­ciary for a probe into al­leged il­le­gal­i­ties.

Chen Ming-tang ( ), ad­min­is­tra­tive deputy jus­tice min­is­ter, said yesterday that the MOJ does not have the rel­e­vant rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of pros­e­cu­tion.

The MOJ is in charge of ad­min­is­tra­tive en­force­ment and can only in­ves­ti­gate per­son­nel within the min­istry and its af­fil­i­ated or­ga­ni­za­tions. There­fore, the two cases have been re­turned to the Taipei City gov­ern­ment, he said.

If the city gov­ern­ment be­lieves that there are il­le­gal­i­ties, it must abide by the law and sub­mit the case to lo­cal pros­e­cu­tors or to a ju­di­cial po­lice team — bod­ies that have the au­thor­ity to con­duct the rel­e­vant in­ves­ti­ga­tions, he said.

Ear­lier June, the Taipei City gov­ern­ment had re­ferred a case in­volv­ing Taipei Dome to the MOJ, re­quest­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions on illegal in­ter­fer­ence in the deal.

Case ev­i­dence in­cluded sound record­ings that al­legedly im­pli­cated then-Taipei Depart­ment of Fi­nance chief Lee Sush-der ( ) and Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou for grant­ing un­law­ful fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits to Taipei Dome’s pri­mary con­trac­tor.

The Clean Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion has al­leged that Ma and Lee forged an agree­ment with Far­glory Group that al­lowed it to avoid pay­ing roy­al­ties, in what was an un­prece­dented de­vi­a­tion from the norm in build-op­er­ate-trans­fer (BOT) projects.

The Clean Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee also re­ferred a cor­rup­tion case in­volv­ing the Me­HAS City hous­ing pro­ject to the MOJ for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) has asked that Ra­dium Life Tech Co ( ) re­turn NT$7.6 bil­lion of gains that it al­legedly reaped il­le­gally when Me­HAS City.

For­mer of­fi­cials in the Taipei City Depart­ment of Rapid Transit Sys­tems (DORTS,

) are ac­cused of de­lib­er­ately scal­ing up over­heads to ben­e­fit Ra­dium.

Ra­dium has re­fused to pay, stat­ing that it has no le­gal re­spon­si­bil­ity for price es­ti­mates that were set by DORTS of­fi­cials. The case is cur­rently un­der ar­bi­tra­tion, a le­gal process that should be re­spected, the land devel­oper said.

it was de­vel­op­ing

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