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Miaoli County chief and brother questioned about villa
Liu brothers both listed as defendants: Reports
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-14 03:38 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Shilin District Prosecutors Office on Tuesday questioned Miaoli County Magistrate Liu Cheng-hung as a defendant in the case of his brother Liu Cheng-chih building a villa on government land in Yangmingshan.

Allegations of abuse of power and illegal takeover of state land surfaced last September, with government inspectors later finding tunnels and tearing down illegal structures on the land in the national park area above Taipei.

Liu Cheng-chih was reportedly also summoned for questioning by prosecutors but later allowed to leave.

The county chief appeared at the prosecutors’ office around 2:30 p.m., reports said, but few details were known. He was reportedly accused of having helped and protected his brother in the land case. The politician was summoned as a defendant for violations of the Company Act, reports said. He left prosecutors before 4 p.m.

Liu Cheng-hung was reportedly suspected of influence peddling with a Yangmingshan park official, of revealing information ahead of an inspection and of legal violations surrounding the setting up of a company in the name of a niece.

Liu Cheng-chih reportedly bought land destined for industrial use in 1991 and leased a nearby building in 2000. He later razed the structure and built a villa complex, which he expanded in 2006.

Part of the area used by Liu was determined to stand on government land, leading to legal action and to bulldozers moving in. Inspectors also discovered underground spaces.

The case further damaged the image of his brother Liu Cheng-hung, whose decision to demolish four homes in the Miaoli County borough of Dapu last summer to make way for a science park led to nationwide protests.

The ruling Kuomintang politician was accused of destroying the homes of average citizens while avoiding action against his own family.

The Dapu conflict was followed by the death of one of the home owners, officially a suicide. Protesters across the country followed Liu and other government officials, sometimes throwing shoes at them.

A recent administrative court decision ruled the demolition illegal, but it is not clear whether the Ministry of the Interior and the Miaoli County Government will appeal the verdict. There has been strong public pressure on the MOI not to file an appeal, but to reconstruct the four homes on their original site.

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