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Taiwan president's confidant grilled on corruption claims

Published on Mar 28, 2013 5:38 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - A Taiwanese politician known for her close ties with the president has been interrogated for allegedly taking bribes, prosecutors said on Thursday, in the latest graft scandal to hit the island.

Lai Su-ju, a member of the Taipei City Council, was questioned on suspicion of soliciting and accepting money from a company in a massive construction project in the capital, said the Taipei district prosecutor's office.

The United Evening News reported that Lai allegedly solicited NT$10 million (S$420,000) to help facilitate the project worth NT$70 billion while prosecutors declined to give out specifics.

Lai has maintained her innocence.

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