Taiwan: Bureau officer one of six suspects in lighthouse case

A Maritime and Port Bureau technical officer surnamed Sheng (盛) was among six people yesterday listed as suspects in a probe into allegations of bid rigging, bribery and collusion involving work on the nation’s lighthouses, after raids conducted this week.

The six, who were released on bail, were among 10 people summoned on Tuesday for questioning at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office.

A officer at bureau’s Maritime Safety Division, Sheng paid bail of NT$150,000, while the other five, who were from a contracting company and a law firm, paid NT$50,000 to NT$150,000 each.

Sheng was reportedly in charge of the maintenance and reconstruction of eight lighthouses, as well as the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ public tender for the work, which began in 2017.

All six face charges of bribery and forgery, as well as contravening the Anti-Corruption Act (貪污治罪條例), said Chung Wei-han (鍾維翰), the prosecutor leading the investigation.

The original full article can be found at taipeitimes.com

(Photo: Chen Wei-tzu, Taipei Times)

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