Ex-Yunlin County magistrate given 8-year jail term for graft

The Supreme Court has sentenced former Yunlin County Magistrate Chang Jung-wei to eight years in prison for corruption.

Taipei, July 4 (CNA)-The Supreme Court handed down a final verdict Wednesday for former Yunlin County Magistrate Chang Jung-wei (張榮味), sentencing him to eight years in prison for graft involving the construction of an incinerator in the county. The Supreme Court also stripped Chang of his civil rights for four years.

Chang was arrested by prosecutors and police officers in December 2004 for accepting more than NT$30 million (US$99,900) in cash gifts in connection with the NT$3.3 billion incinerator project in Linnei Township. Prior to his arrest, he had gone into hiding in August that year.

Yunlin prosecutors indicted him Jan. 17, 2005, suggesting that he receive a life sentence. The Yunlin District Court in October that year sentenced him to 14 years and decided to deprive him of his civil rights for seven years. However, he was found not guilty in the second trial, but this ruling was later reversed.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Chang and handed down its final verdict to finally close the case after 14 years of litigation.

Meanwhile, former Linnei Mayor Chen Ho-shan (陳河山), who admitted accepting over NT$17.75 million in bribes from contractors, was also sentenced to eight years and the deprivation of his civil right for four years. That verdict was also final.
(By Hsiao Po-wen and Evelyn Kao)