Taichung prosecutors yesterday said they will order the arrest and possible extradition from the US of former Legislative Yuan speaker Liu Sung-pan (What's incredible is not that the prosecution wants him to serve time, but the ease with which corrupt officials under indictment or with guilty verdicts returned are able to escape the country. Time and again a judge gives a corrupt official a week to report to serve his sentence, with the result that the official always leaves the island with his ill-gotten gains.
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The quintessential corruption case of modern times is the Chu An-hisung case. Chu bought the Kaohsiung city council election in a breathtaking display of brazen corruption. Longtime Taiwan-watcher Lawrence Eyton's article on the Kaohsiung City Council election that was bought by Chu An-hsiung is a great introduction to local politics on the Beautiful Island.