Kaohsiung prosecutors detain judge in corruption probe

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–A joint effort between the Ministry of Justice’s Agency Against Corruption and the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office went into full-swing yesterday, detaining Kaohsiung Prosecutor Jing Tian-bo (井天博) for alleged corruption. According to prosecutor office officials, Jing may be detained in solitary confinement.

Jing allegedly shook down a defendant and profited from investment in a mine and coal company, in which the defendant was also an investor. Jing reportedly invested NT$15 million of the defendant’s money in the company, and benefited when the company ultimately made an NT$1 billion net profit. The Prosecutors Office’s “Year-end Cleanup” is considered a symbolic case because of Jing’s inappropriate relationships with defendants, with the special prosecuting team so far having brought 3 counts each of abuse of power, dereliction of duty and conflict of interest against Jing. The media have dubbed Jing the “1 Billion Prosecutor,” an oblique comparison to the infamous Hong Kong detective “500 Million Lee Rock” (雷洛).

Kaohsiung Prosecutor General Huang Yuan-guan is leading a team of nine anti-corruption prosecutors, 80 anti-corruption officers and 25 prosecutor aides to investigate on Jing’s foul play. Nineteen warrants were issued for Jing and his wife’s arrest as well as to search Jing’s house and office.

Evidence pointed to Jing’s involvement in accepting bribes and extortion. The prosecutors office was prompted to act last summer after receiving leads. According to reports, Jing accepted bribes from a female defendant on trail for drug violations. He not only solicited NT$15 million from her and reaped enormous profits from an investment with that money, it is also believed that the defendant paid for a vacation that Jing and his wife took last year to Malaysia.

The Judicial Reform Foundation has called the 56-year-old Taiwan University graduate Jing a “dinosaur judge” in the past.