Taiwan releases KMT lawmaker accused of Sogo bribes on bail

16-Jan-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Sufin Siluko, accused of taking bribes in a scandal involving Sogo department stores, can walk free if he posts bail totalling NT$10 billion (US$357,000), a court ruled Friday (January 15).

Of the several politicians allegedly involved, only Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Su Chen-ching and his legislative office manager Yu Hsueh-yang were still in custody, CNA reported.

Earlier, independent legislator Chao Cheng-yu, KMT lawmaker Chen Chao-ming and former New Power Party (NPP) Chair Hsu Yung-ming were released on bail.

Most of the politicians allegedly accepted money from Lee Heng-lung, who was chair of Pacific Distribution Investment Co. two decades ago. After his company lost control over Sogo department stores in Taiwan to the Far Eastern Group, he tried to win back control by influencing government officials to reopen the case, reports said.

The Taipei District Court ruled Friday that Sufin Siluko could leave detention for the first time since August, but on the condition that he did not move house, travel overseas, or venture out to sea. The KMT politician was indicted for allegedly accepting NT$7.9 million in bribes.

The decision to release him was made after investigators questioned Lee Friday morning, according to CNA. Cable station TVBS saw the development as a sign that prosecutors were stepping up the pace of their investigation.



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