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Huang Ching-tai vows innocence, to stay in mayor’s race
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-19 10:55 AM
Keelung City Council Speaker Huang Ching-tai is out on bail of NT$1.2 million and maintaining that he is innocent of charges involving corruption in handling the dismantling of illegal structures in Keelung. Huang said he had explained to the court the source of NT$5 million in funds discovered in a raid by prosecutors earlier this week and said he will not attempt to flee but rather will stay in Keelung and continue with his plans to stand for mayor of Keelung in the year-end elections.

Accused of accepting payments in return for pressuring city officials to refrain from tearing down illegal structures in the city, Huang denied all charges against him and requested bail. Early Thursday morning the Keelung District Court ruled there was insufficient evidence to believe Huang would attempt to flee the city and turned down prosecutors’ request to keep him in custody. Bail was met by Huang’s younger brother Huang Ching-nan and the speaker was released with a warning not to leave Taiwan. The case has been referred to the Taiwan High Court for disposition.

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