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Keelung council speaker released on bail
Central News Agency
2014-06-22 08:44 AM
Taipei, June 22 (CNA) The Keelung District Court upheld Sunday an earlier decision to allow Keelung City Council Speaker Huang Ching-tai, who is suspected of corruption, to be released on bail of NT$2 million (US$66,604). The ruling Kuomintang's (KMT's) nominee for the Keelung mayoral election set for November has been accused of influence peddling in a number of construction projects in return for bribes. Huang came under suspicion after prosecutors received tip-offs that he pressured Keelung officials to allow a developer to bypass conservation regulations when building a show house. The prosecutors brought in eight suspects, including Huang, for questioning June 17 after nearly NT$5 million in cash was found in Huang's office that he was unable to account for. He was released on NT$1.2 million (US$40,000) bail two days later, but saw his bail increased to NT$2 million following an appeal by prosecutors. Huang's legal troubles have presented a dilemma for the KMT, which might have to name an alternate candidate for the November election. Upon his release on bail, the KMT said it will decide whether to discipline Huang based on how the case develops. (By Sunrise Huang and Y.F. Low)
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