Former legislative official gets 15-year jail term for corruption

Taipei, The Taiwan High Court sentenced Lin Hsi-shan (???), former secretary-general of the Legislative Yuan, to 15 years in jail on Thursday for receiving bribes, holding assets of unknown origin and other offenses.

The court also ruled that Lin be stripped of his civil rights for five years. He can appeal the ruling.

The High Court said in a statement that Lin took NT$28 million (US$959,321) in bribes to help a company secure contracts for the supply of computers to the Legislature and is in possession of NT$240.78 million, the origin of which he has been unable to explain and which should therefore be confiscated.

The former legislative official was released on bail of NT$50 million in February.

Lin and 12 others were indicted on May 2, 2016 for alleged irregularities in the procurement of computers for the Legislature during his tenure as Legislature secretary-general.

The former legislative official was accused by prosecutors of being involved in a scheme to help a company secure contracts to supply computers to the Legislature.

From 2011 to 2015, Farnet Technologies Co. won 33 contacts to supply the Legislature with computers. Farnet was often the sole bidder for those contracts, prosecutors said during their investigation in 2016.

At the first trial in May 2017, Lin received a sentence of 16 years in prison for accepting kickbacks and other offenses and was stripped of his civil rights for six years.

The High Court ruled Thursday in the second trial that Lin’s punishment be reduced, as the money he received should be considered bribes rather than kickbacks. In addition, Lin confessed to his crime and has already handed over a portion of his illegal gains.

Lin served as legislative secretary-general from February 1999 to Jan. 31, 2017, the day before the new Legislature was seated. Prior to that, he was a three-term Kuomintang legislator, representing Changhua from 1990-1999.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel