Prosecutors ask for 7-year sentence in DPP bribe case

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–Taipei prosecutors yesterday demanded a seven-year sentence for a former opposition lawmaker for allegedly taking NT$2 million in bribes from a local bus operator. The indictment overturned prosecutors’ previous decision that deemed the money the Solar Bus Company (日統客運) offered to ex-Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kuo Wen-cheng (郭玟成) as a political donation instead of a bribe. According to the indictment handed out by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office yesterday, the bus operator allegedly offered NT$2 million to Kuo in 2006 so that the then-lawmaker could use his position to pressure the National Freeway Bureau not to levy penalties to the bus operator when many of its buses were found to have violated traffic rules. Kuo, who has served as a councilor and lawmaker for many years, should have known better than to take bribes, the indictment said.

His actions violated the Legislators’ Conduct Act (立法委員行為法) and he should be punished to serve as deterrent to others, the indictment said.

In response, Kuo’s assistant told reporters yesterday that the former legislator would not comment on the case until he receives the indictment. The former lawmaker has been under investigation over the same case four times in the past but had until now escaped indictment.