Prosecutors interview 20 over allegations of Taiwan police bribery

Prosecutors interview 20 over allegations of Taiwan police bribery

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei District Prosecutors Office yesterday interviewed 20 individuals as it investigates allegations surrounding corruption in the Wanhua Police Precinct.

Reportedly, Taipei prosecutors recently received a tip claiming that three of the precinct's officers - surnamed Yang, Chen and Chiu - are collectively involved in corruption, conducting illegal activities which are said to include accepting bribes and turning a blind eye toward underground gambling rings.

Allegedly, Yang and Chen are both junior detectives while Chiu holds the rank of captain.

The officers stand accused of accepting bribes on a monthly basis through middlemen from as early as 2013.

The bribes have been said to total around NT$10,000 (S$437) monthly, but thousands of dollars extra are allegedly received on an irregular basis each week.

According to the allegations, the cops were not only allowing illegal gambling rings to operate, but were also helping operators of illegal businesses to avoid inspections and arrest.

After the allegations were brought to their attention, Taipei prosecutors began collecting evidence.

After gathering proof that seemed to corroborate the accusations, a team led by prosecutor Deng Ding-chiang conducted searches yesterday at 12 locations where alleged corrupt activities are said to have taken place.

The team included other prosecutors and officials from the Ministry of Justice's Agency Against Corruption, the Ministry of the Interior's National Police Agency and Taipei City Police Department's Civil Service Ethics Division.

Areas searched included offices and residences of the three police officers under suspicion and those of the purported illegal business owners.

20 individuals were interviewed by investigators, with Yang, Chiu, Chen and nine other individuals questioned as criminal suspects having breached the Anti-Corruption Act , while 11 other people were interviewed as persons of interest in the ongoing case.

The Wanhua Precinct has already been investigated over suspicion of corruption at the end of January; they allegedly turned a blind eye over the existence of Tien Gow gambling rings, making yesterday's accusations the second corruption allegations in a space of only a few months.

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