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Taiwan ex-cabinet official indicted on $2.5m corruption

Published on Oct 25, 2012 1:37 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - A former top official in Taiwan's cabinet was indicted on graft charges on Thursday for abusing his influence to solicit and accept bribes, prosecutors said.

Lin Yi-shih, formerly the cabinet secretary-general and a vice chairman of the ruling Kuomintang party, was charged with four accounts of corruption for pocketing about NT$60 million (S$2.5 million) in bribes, they said.

Prosecutors refused to identify the firm involved due to data protection laws, although local media named it as China Steel.

"Lin violated his position to collect bribes... since he had the influence over the management and operation of the state firm to get the contracts," the supreme prosecutors' office said in a statement.

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