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Control Yuan impeaches former Taiwan Cabinet official
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-06-11 02:47 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Control Yuan, Taiwan’s highest government watchdog, on Tuesday impeached former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih and referred him to a disciplinary review commission for civil servants.

Lin used his power while he was in office to obtain benefits for himself and failed to properly report his assets, the impeachment motion said. The evidence that he had violated the requirement of honesty expected from government employees was clear, according to the motion.

Lin was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison and fined NT$15.8 million (US$528,000) by the Taipei District Court last April 30 but found not guilty of corruption. The case went back to last year, when Lin was accused of having demanded and received NT$63 million (US$2.1 million) from Ti Yung Corp. chairman Chen Chi-hsiang in return for a contract with the state-controlled China Steel Corporation Group for the supply of slag and other waste products.

After Lin was promoted from lawmaker to secretary-general of the Executive Yuan in early 2012, he reportedly asked for a further NT$83 million (US$2.7 million) in return for the continuation of the contract, but Chen refused to pay and took his story to Next Magazine, which published the story in June last year.

Following a public uproar over the alleged lightness of Lin’s prison sentence, prosecutors appealed the verdict. The Taiwan High Court will deal with the case.

On Tuesday morning, the Control Yuan voted 11 to one to accept the motion proposed by members Chou Yang-sun and Li Ful-dien, reports said. As a result, the case will move to the Public Functionary Disciplinary Sanction Commission for review.

The Control Yuan action followed a decision by prosecutors on Monday to indict Tsai Chang-ta, the deputy speaker of the Kaohsiung City Council, for corruption in a case closely related to Lin’s.

Tsai, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party which runs the Kaohsiung City Government, reportedly tried to force Chen to share his slag contract with another businessman.

When Chen refused, Tsai reportedly asked environmental authorities to start a pollution investigation against Chen and CSC. Out of eleven investigations during the year, seven were directed against Chen’s company, prosecutors said. Tsai and the businessman he worked with were indicted for corruption because they would have made more than NT$1 billion (US$33.4 million) over five years from the deal, prosecutors said. The DPP politician denied the allegations.

Prosecutors also indicted former CSC General Manager Chen Chen-jung for lowering slag prices at Chen’s request, losing the state-run group NT$240 million (US$8 million), reports said.

The Lin scandal gravely damaged the image of President Ma Ying-jeou as a clean politician, since the Cabinet secretary-general was seen as an up-and-coming politician who might run for mayor in Kaohsiung, a DPP stronghold.

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