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Taiwan High Court judge detained for taking bribes
Publication Date : 30-08-2013
Hu Jing-bin, a judge of the Taiwan High Court Taichung Branch Court, was being investigated on Thursday on charges of taking bribes in a civil lawsuit, said Special Investigation Division (SID) prosecutors, yesterday.
According to the prosecutors, Hu accepted bribes when he presided over a civil trial about a property rights dispute of a hotel in Taichung City and allegedly let the briber win the case three years ago. The SID also questioned Qui Jin-zhu, who admitted on Thursday that she did give money to Hu.
Prosecutors searched Hu's home and found 20 million Taiwan New Dollar (US$668,543) in cash in his deposit box. Hu failed to explain where the money came from, the SID said.
Hu is accused of using his girlfriend as an intermediary in accepting the money from litigants and has been taken into custody, according to the SID.
Hu is infamous for abusing his power as a judge, the SID stated. He had been banned from his position as a judge for three years by the Public Functionary Disciplinary
Sanction Commission for several counts of so-called immoral behaviors. The SID suspects that Hu was involved in more than one corruption case and is conducting further investigations.