Taiwan jails 14 over railway sex scandal
31 August 2016, 19:31
Taipei – Taiwan has jailed 14 people for up to 17 years in a
corruption scandal which saw railway officials accepting sex services and
visits to hostess clubs in exchange for business contracts.
biggest ever graft case to hit the state rail sector, seven Taiwan Railway
Administration officials were convicted and sentenced for corruption.
were found to have received perks as a reward for helping firms secure
contracts for eight rail projects, worth more than Tw$1.1bn ($34.7m), in the
past six years.
construction broker and six businessmen – including the head of a construction
company and the head of a plastics company – were also jailed for up to five
years for bribing officials.
were convicted and sentenced by Taichung district court in central Taiwan on
highest ranking defendant was Chung Chao-Hsiung – a former deputy head of the
TRA – who was sentenced to 10 years and two months for accepting banquets and
paid-for hostess clubs in exchange for favourable treatment.
official Cheng Wen-Chung received the heaviest sentence after taking more than
100 hostess club visits.
was implicated in more cases than other defendants and accepted the most
hostess clubs visits. He seriously violated the civil servant's code of conduct,"
said Chuang Shen-Yuan, a spokesperson for the court.
employee Chang Ching-tsai was jailed for 15 years for accepting paid-for sex
services to help firms pass quality checks.
defendants can appeal their convictions.
officials were cleared of corruption and were instead found to have committed
"administrative negligence". They were not jailed.