Taiwan: East Taiwan KMT lawmaker accused of Sogo bribes released on bail

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

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

Earlier, independent Legislator Chao Cheng-yu (趙正宇), KMT lawmaker Chen Chao-ming (陳超明), and former New Power Party (NPP) Chairman Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) were released on bail.

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

The original full article can be found at taiwannews.com.tw

(Photo: CNA)

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