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Former member of Taiwan's executive authority admits wrongdoing


08:38, July 03, 2012

TAIPEI, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Lin Yi-shih, former secretary general of Taiwan's Executive Yuan, who is being probed for graft, admitted having done wrong Monday following questioning overnight, according to Taiwan's top prosecutors office.

After the questioning that lasted from Sunday afternoon to early Monday morning, prosecutors said Lin was highly suspected of committing graft and bribery crimes and they worried that Lin might seek to destroy evidence. They have applied to take Lin into custody for further questioning.

Prosecutors launched the investigation last week amid surging local media reports that Lin accepted a bribe of 63 million New Taiwanese dollars (2.11 million U.S. dollars) from a local businessman in return for helping his company obtain a slag treatment contract from China Steel Corp.(CSC), in which the island's authorities had a stake.

Citing the businessman named Chen Chi-hsiang, the media reports said Lin's demand for a further 83 million New Taiwanese dollars in bribes earlier this year was turned down by him, and then Lin in April pressured CSC to stop supplying slag to his company for treatment.

Prosecutors summoned Lin for questioning Sunday afternoon after evidence was collected in several raids across the island.

Both Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou and head of the Executive Yuan Sean Chen Monday said they felt deep regret and apologized for the graft case involving Lin, stressing the importance of the integrity of civil servants and vowed to improve anti-corruption efforts.

Lin on Monday also issued a statement to apologize for his "serious dereliction of duty" and "suspected involvement in graft and bribery," two days after resignation from his post in the Executive Yuan.

Prior to his confession, Lin had categorically denied the accusations of accepting or seeking bribes.


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