Taiwan judicial chief steps down over scandal

A Taiwanese official says the island`s president has accepted resignation of the judicial chief following a bribery scandal involving three judges and a prosecutor.

Updated: Jul 18, 2010, 13:22 PM IST

Taipei: A Taiwanese official says the
island`s president has accepted the resignation of the
judicial chief following a bribery scandal involving three
judges and a prosecutor.

Today`s statement by presidential spokesman Lo
Chih-chiang comes a day after Judicial Yuan President Lai In-jaw offered to resign to take responsibility for the
scandal. The Judicial Yuan controls courts and the
prosecutorial system.

Lai resigned after the senior judges and prosecutor were
taken into custody Wednesday for allegedly accepting bribes
from a former lawmaker in exchange for a not guilty verdict in
a land acquisition case.

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has made clean
government a top priority since taking office two years ago.
Many see the scandal to have hurt his efforts.

PTI