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Prosecutors will not seek detention of Keelung Council speaker
Central News Agency
2014-06-22 05:52 PM
Taipei, June 22 (CNA) The prosecution will no longer seek the detention of Keelung City Council Speaker Huang Ching-tai after a court rejected its request and released Huang Sunday on bail of NT$2 million (US$66,604). Chou Chi-yung, a head prosecutor at the Keelung Prosecutors Office, said the prosecution won't appeal against the Keelung District Court's decision lest more information discovered by investigators about Huang's alleged offenses are leaked during the appeal. He made the remarks after the district court rejected the prosecution's request for the third consecutive time early that day. In its ruling, the three-judge panel said the prosecution failed to justify its request by proving that there is a real possibility that Huang could flee or tamper with evidence, which would be necessary for his pre-charge detention. Although the prosecution has reason to suspect Huang of having committed a felony, this alone is not enough to justify detaining him, the court ruled. It ordered Huang released on bail and ruled that he must continue to reside in Keelung. Huang, who has been named by the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) as its candidate for the Keelung mayoral election in November, is alleged to have used his influence to have the Keelung city government approve a number of construction projects in return for bribes. 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 upon how the case develops. (By Sunrise Huang and Maubo Chang)
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