Farglory Group Chairman 'forced' to pay massive bribe: attorney

Farglory Group Chairman 'forced' to pay massive bribe: attorney

TAIPEI - Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄) yesterday released a press statement via his attorney Chou Tsa-hsiung (周燦雄) saying that he was forced to give a NT$16 million bribe and he feels sorry for causing a disturbance.

The Taiwan High Court yesterday morning maintained the Taipei District Court's ruling to detain and hold incommunicado Chao as well as Wei Chun-hsiung (魏春雄), a senior executive at Farglory, over allegations of paying a bribe of NT$16 million through an intermediary to Taoyuan County Deputy Magistrate Yeh Shih-wen (葉世文) to secure a public housing development contract. Farglory won the contract in April with a NT$1.3-billion bid.

After visiting Chao at the Taipei Detention Center, Chou yesterday quoted Chao as saying that the reason Chao denied offering the bribe at first was to protect other people involved in the case. Chao was later persuaded by prosecutors to tell the truth.

Chao apologised in his statement for the furor caused by the case.

Chao did not want to "put everyone on the spot," the lawyer said, adding that Chao gave the bribe because he had no choice.

When asked by reporters about the identities of the people Chao referred to, instead of offering a direct answer, Chou said the money was offered to "someone else" via former college professor Tsai Jen-hui (蔡仁惠). Chao had no idea who Tsai gave the money to, Chou added.

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