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Get to bottom of deputy Taoyuan magistrate's case: president
Central News Agency
2014-06-03 10:38 PM
Taipei, June 3 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that the authorities will definitely get to the bottom of the case involving Yeh Shih-wen, who has been sacked as deputy magistrate of Taoyuan County over his suspected involvement in a corruption case. Ma, who is also chairman of the ruling Kuomintang, said during a KMT weekly meeting that he was shocked and saddened by the case, but that he will absolutely not take sides. He also said the KMT will not waver in its resolve to seek reforms that can help ensure a clean government, according to party members taking part in the meeting. Yeh was named as a suspect by the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office for allegedly accepting bribes of NT$16 million (US$532,450) from Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung to help the construction conglomerate win the tender for a low-cost housing project in Taoyuan County's Bade area. Chao and Wei Chun-hsiung, a Farglory senior executive, have been detained and held incommunicado. Ma said that the KMT will not cover up any graft and corruption. The party has been sticking to the principles of "no vote-buying and no corruption." If any irregularities are found, the party will definitely not be biased in favor of its members, Ma added. The president was also cited as saying that Taoyuan Magistrate Wu Chih-yang was right to take prompt action by dismissing Yeh and transferring several other county officials from their positions as soon as the case came to light, showing his determination to wipe out corruption. (By Claudia Liu and Evelyn Kao)
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