Lin Yi-shih, Taiwan’s former cabinet secretary general has been sentenced to seven years and four months in jail after accepting more than Tw $60 million (£1.3 million) in bribes. He also received a fine of Tw $15.8 million (£350,000).

Yi-shih, who was also vice chairman of the ruling Kuomintang party, resigned from the Cabinet in June 2012 after being accused of taking bribes in exchange for several state contracts back in 2010.

Yi-shih, who claimed the charges against him were part of a political set-up, was cleared of further counts of bribery and money laundering.

In recent years Taiwan has experienced a series of high-profile corruption cases which prompted President Ma Ying-jeou to set up a special anti-corruption body.