Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-02-25 03:52 PM
Lien is the daughter of former Vice President Lien Chan and the sister of Sean Lien, who announced Monday he wanted to become the ruling Kuomintang’s candidate for mayor of Taipei City in the November 29 election.
Lien Hui-hsin was accused late last year of playing a major role at Geneherbs Biotechnology Co., a company which distributed weight-loss capsules containing the unauthorized drug cetilistat. Wellcare was the supplier of the capsules.
The Taipei District Court ruled Tuesday that Wellcare chief Huang Chen-kang, deputy executive director Lin Ming-jung and research and development chief Yeh Mei-keng could be released.
The court set amounts of bail varying between NT$2.5 million (US$82,000) and NT$3 million (US$98,800), reports said.
A key suspect in the case, Hsing Wen-hsiang, who cooperated with Yeh on the production process of the Wellslim Plus capsules, was still on the run, not having appeared for questioning since the case first broke.
As long as Hsing had not been interrogated about the details of the use of cetilistat, indictments were unlikely to be announced, media reports said. The other suspects pointed at Hsing as the brain behind the design of the slimming capsules and as the only person who could reveal the full background.
When the allegations first broke last year, Lien first maintained she was only a spokesperson for Geneherbs, but later revelations by the media and by politicians showed she reportedly played a senior management role at the company. She was questioned by prosecutors, freed on bail of NT$2.5 million and listed as a defendant.
She could face a maximum of seven years in prison, but if she is found to have known about the use of cetilistat, that sentence could run to a maximum of ten years, reports said.
Lien Hui-hsin’s legal problems could cast a shadow over her brother Sean’s bid for the Taipei City mayoralty. At his news conference Monday, he tried to deflect concerns about his wealthy family background and his business career by promising he would give away all of his mayoral salary to charity if he won the election. Lien will first have to compete against several other KMT contenders in a primary which has not been scheduled yet.