Convicted ex-minister unable to escape graft jail term
Central News Agency
2014-01-07 11:05 PM
Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) Prosecutors will immediately implement the jail term of a former minister of transportation and communication who was ruled guilty by the Supreme Court last December on charges of bribe-taking and sentenced to eight years in prison. Taipei District Prosecutors Office spokesman Huang Mou-hsin said Tuesday that Kuo Yao-chi, who served in the ministerial post in 2006, had filed an appeal calling for a retrial, but this was rejected because Kuo did not present any new evidence proving her innocence. On Jan. 6, she filed another appeal through her lawyer, asking for a delay of her jail term because she felt ill and health checks at a hospital to which she had been admitted for a few days indicated an abnormal cardiopulmonary function and high blood pressure. Huang said the prosecutor in charge of the case has rejected the appeal for a lack of evidence showing any necessity to postpone the sentence. As a result, Kuo would be summoned the following day to begin serving her eight-year jail term, Huang added. Kuo was convicted Dec. 5, 2013 for accepting a bribe from a contractor of the Taipei Main Station project when she was serving as minister of transportation and communications in 2006. (By Tsai Pei-chi and Elizabeth Hsu)
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