Taiwanese President Ma's confidante granted bail in bribery case
TAIPEI (AFP) - A Taiwanese politician known for her close ties with the president and currently on trial charged with taking bribes has been released on bail, court officials said.
Lai Su-ju, a member of the Taipei City Council, went on trial on August 9 and was released on bail of NTD$15 million (S$641,000) late on Friday, said the Taipei district court.
She was charged in July with soliciting a NTD$10 million bribe, of which she already received NTD$1 million, to help facilitate a massive construction project in the capital, according to prosecutors.
Lai, who had been detained since March, has admitted accepting NTD$1 million but claimed it was a political donation rather than a bribe.